Crystal Marie, Deeper now on Substack

Many an artist’s bio begins with a similar tale of knowing they were an artist from the time they were old enough to hold a crayon. The truth for me was that I had always been a writer. 

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Your voice matters!

Welcome to Canary Rising! I’m Crystal Marie, an artist, author, and instructor working primarily in collage, mixed media, and encaustic wax painting,

My process is intuitive. I come to the table with an open mind and an open heart. Aside from the technical decision-making required to get me started, I’ve learned that my best work comes when I get out of my own way and allow the work to tell me what it wants to be.

It sounds a little obscure and mysterious, but what it all boils down to is giving yourself permission to follow your own creative curiosity to discover that everything you really need to know about creating a great composition is already there inside of you.


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Artist's Moving Sale

It's official, I'm moving at the end of May from my home of the past five years, to a currently unknown destination. My hope is to find a place in the city—Chicago, in order to connect with a stronger art community and create a more sustainable life.

At the same time, I'm restructuring (my 2024 word of the year), to help me achieve these goals.

This sale is intended to help cover moving expenses and income loss during the transition.

The offerings will be updated weekly, ranging from downloadable course deals and discounts on current self-paced courses, to physical inventory, art, and decor as I get closer to moving day.

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Creative Voice! 

I believe that artists, like Canaries, are sentient beings, sensitive to the world around them. Each one has a unique and beautiful message to share. 

I call my process intuitive. Tapping into that place inside where the truest, most authentic, version of my own unique self resides. 

Canary Rising is my virtual studio, where there is always a seat at the table for you.

Come on in and fly! 


Client Love

"It has a kind of ripple effect outside of just an art-making workshop."

Judy Granlee-Gates

"Crystal Has an amazing way with words, which lays the the work you see is just the flowering, the roots go incredibly deep and touch the soul...Life changing. Truly transformational."

Mariateresa Aiello

"It has been so amazing and inspiring to be part of this Shields class, from your generous, value packed lessons and pdf's to such interactive participants!"

Jane Evasiuk

Make + Write + Sing + Fly

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