1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Shona Crawford, and I took up the term “visual communicator” a while ago to describe myself and what I do. I graduated with my BFA in Printmaking in 2012 and I am kind of a weirdo with a taste for the macabre.
2. How did you get your start?
When I was a kid I had this VHS tape on how to be a cartoonist. I used to watch it over and over again. It was my first somewhat realistic career endeavor. Even then, pens and pencils and creating characters with lots of detail made sense to me. I still love cartoons.
3. What inspires you?
My ever growing cabinet of curiosities, waking up early, iconography, tattoos, hermeticism, nature, early 20th century art movements, balance, and horror flicks.
4. What do you like about AZ?
I’ve lived here for about 10 years now and so far Sedona is my favorite part of Arizona. I love hiking and rock collecting up there. It’s such a nice, quick getaway and I love the fact that my favorite artist Max Ernst used to live there, which adds another element of inspiration to the already beautiful surroundings.
5. Where can we see you(r) work?
I have been a bit of a hermit lately as I have been in over my head in commissions for a variety of artwork for bands, both local and national. However, I do share a studio downtown off of Grand and 15th Ave. with my friend Charissa Gutierrez, who is an awesome painter, because aside from drawing I love screen printing and that’s where I print! Our studio will be open for the Grand Ave. festival on October 19th from Noon-5pm. Until then, I can be found on Facebook.
6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?
I’d like to see Machu Picchu in person, make a stop animation film, decide on what kind of dog I want to adopt and be the best dog mom ever, and the rest I can’t say because I am a little superstitious of sharing my big plans with others until they are in motion 😉
7. What is your mantra?
I am definitely a Golden Rule type of person, but after that I keep in mind the famous words from Dune: “Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration…”