Growing up, I was fascinated with a stained-glass window of irises at my dad’s office and I studied the colorful facets. Today, I paint the same way that a glass artist works: with lots of little shapes of color. One critic said of my work: “Your style is wonderful. Your personal version of abstraction is so beautifully rooted in reality.” I paint either alla prima (all at once, wet oil paint on wet oil paint) or I build up transparent acrylic layers finished with oil paints.

My dog paintings are a consistent favorite with collectors. I had a yellow lab named Buttercup who passed away in 2016. She epitomized loyalty and friendship. I started painting her as a pup and these pieces inspired a whole new dimension of my career. Dogs are furry angels of comfort, and especially now that my sweet Buttercup is gone, I will spread that simple joy.

I inherited my love of flowers from my parents. I turn fragile flowers into art that is boldly feminine. I’ve heard this again and again at shows from people looking at my composition and brushwork: they feel a strength and determination there.

Because my ancestry comes from the Adriatic Sea, the beach feels like home. The horizon always has a mood. I have a spiritual connection with the earth, and I brush this into every seascape I paint. Stormy waters become still, shores are washed clean, and the vastness does not diminish the importance of one viewer on the shore.

Cristall Harper graduated in 2002 from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Painting. Her studio is in American Fork, Utah where she lives with her husband. She is represented by Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, WY and Gallery MAR in Park City, UT. Her work is collected and enjoyed nationally.



Selected Shows, Awards & Publications


New Work at the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY

Affirmations, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

“Summer Swim” published on the back cover of American Art Collector, July 2018 issue

Solo Show, Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, WY

30th Annual Art & Soup Celebration, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT


Familiarity, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

Seasons Art Salon, Ashton Gardens,  Lehi, UT

29th Annual Art & Soup Celebration, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

The Great Gala, St. Mark’s School, Salt Lake City, UT


Honoring Utah Artists, Alpine Art, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Art Invitational, London Studios, Holladay, UT

Pieces of Me, Guest Artist Exhibit at Ravenscroft School Fine Arts Building, Raleigh, NC

300 Plates, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

92nd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT

Southwest Art Magazine, featured as an Artist to Watch, April 2016 issue

28th Annual Art & Soup Celebration – Featured Artist, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT