Growing up, I was fascinated with colorful stained glass. I learned from the facets’ placements how to turn abstract shapes into a realistic whole. 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 joy. 

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

My ancestry comes from the Adriatic Sea. I have a spiritual connection with the beach, and I brush this into my seascapes. Stormy waters become still, tides repeatedly wash in and out, 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, Gallery MAR in Park City, UT and Foursquare ART in Phoenix, AZ. 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