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Haven House helps artist find her wings

This painting by Nanoose Bay artist Crystal Charlotte Easton tells a story of triumph. The artist is fundraising to study in Italy with master painters.  - BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO
This painting by Nanoose Bay artist Crystal Charlotte Easton tells a story of triumph. The artist is fundraising to study in Italy with master painters.
— image credit: BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO


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The intentional creativity movement is growing by leaps and bounds in places like California and a Nanoose Bay artist is hoping it catches on here.

Crystal Charlotte Easton says she wants to be an artist who helps people, helps communities and helps change the world for the better.

Born in Fort St. James a product of mixed heritage Cree, Metis, Scottish and Danish influence, her art integrates her cultural ancestries to describe the quality of peace she envisions for her communities. The keynote speaker at a Haven Society fashion show fundraiser May 31 at Tigh-Na-Mara explained how her art has not only empowered her but others who are recovering from upheaval in their lives.

Haven Society provides services to women, children, youth and families who have experienced violence. Easton spoke about how the Haven Society’s transition house helped her turn life in a new direction after she experienced domestic abuse.

Easton shared parts of her life journey with the audience explaining how her full circle story of economics and family violence brought her to the lowest point in her life.

“I was at Haven House in Nanaimo and I asked myself how did I get here?  I had a university degree.  My whole concept of a healthy family was shattered but Haven House provided me a safe place and is the basis of my inspiration,” she explained.

During her recovery Easton painted a powerful image of a woman with one wing which launched her epic art journey towards healing.

“I felt like I had a wing ripped off and couldn’t fly at that time.  I drew the second wing and that shift opened the doors to my next painting and my recovery.”

Easton said she discovered she was a perfect soul inside a healing body and ever since then she has embraced self-healing art. The artist now uses her painted canvases as a tool for promoting personal and transformational change and said her pieces have been purchased by people who are recovering from traumatic events in their own lives.

“People who house my paintings usually have them as a centrepiece.  They are about spirit and healing.  Some of my paintings go for thousands in California where there is a lot of what I do.  Intentional creativity is a huge wave in the states.”

Although Easton’s work has fetched some big dollars stateside she still has to work hard at her craft to make a living and support her large blended family she is raising on the Snaw-naw-as Nanoose First Nations land.

She is currently conducting an online fundraiser to pay for an intensive summer art session with some of the best painters in the world in Italy.

Easton has been accepted into the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art to train with three master painters.

The course starts on July 5 and ends on July 27 one day before her 38th birthday and she really wants to go.

To claim the seat they have reserved for her, Easton needs to raise $7,250 for her new art journey that will see her fly to Italy, ride a train, catch a bus and then hike into an eco-village in the mountains where she will spend three and a half weeks training with some of the best painters in her field.

When she returns she will complete her sponsored paintings using the new skills and techniques she has learned.

The online campaign includes several paintings that are works in progress which people can purchase and then have finished as well as have its progress captured by video.

The deadline for support is June 30 and details can be found at under the support tab.








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