Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Daigle.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Crystal. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I can remember walking around our house in Schenectady, N.Y. when I was a kid, feeling a buzzing in my body — the urge to create. I happily made drawings and created stuffed couches for my barbies on an old sewing machine my mom gave me.
At 17, I went to the Philadelphia College of Art where I studied drawing, painting, fibers and performance art. I sold my first painting while still in art school. I’ve shown and sold my work since then.
In my early 20s, I got very ill; I could barely walk. It pushed me towards a deeper spirituality and I made art about the nervous system, trauma and hope. I began meditating regularly which lead to a profound experience in which I felt blissfully one with everything for five days. Since then, I’m pretty obsessed with the energy underlying the forms we perceive and how to convey that gorgeous movement to viewers.
Along with art skills, I am also blessed with the gift of intuition. On the day of 9-11, I was working at my easel when my boyfriend came home and said, “Do you see what you’re painting?” I hadn’t realized I was making an energetic picture of the twin towers filled with turbulence, against an intense, black vortex.
After that, I accepted my sensitivity more and explored it in my art making. For instance, when I thought of people close to me, I would see gorgeous visions — colors, shapes, images. I saw their energetic selves. I recorded these in paintings then many people commissioned me to make “Essence Portraits” for them and their families. I really enjoyed the process because I intuitively received more information as I painted. I found out later that there’s a name for that: clairvoyance.
I put my clairvoyance to good use in my Psychic Illuminations Artworks which depict a helpful vision for my client. I give them a reading then get a vision that I can illustrate for their meditation practice. I LOVE IT because I help awaken them to their divinity and reassure them of the spiritual support that constantly surrounds them. I also started making Psychic Drawings at events; I draw for each guest for 5 minutes. They tell me they’re amazed at the accuracy of these visual messages.
Throughout my career, I’ve been commissioned often to make art for specific people and sites, like Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. and Aaron Duncan Smyth’s Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Some clients have asked me to incorporate cremation ash into their paintings to memorialize their loved ones. I’ve cried in my studio, witnessing such deep love.
I moved to San Diego in 2015 because when I visited, I instantly felt at home. I’m grateful to all of my new friends for welcoming me and for old friends and collectors around the country who continue to support my work. Their kindness and generosity keep me afloat.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My biggest challenge is making sure I stay connected to people. It’s easy to get isolated when you work on projects by yourself. I am always looking for people and organizations to partner with. If you feel a special synergy as you read this, please contact me.
Another obstacle I faced was my own fear about stepping into psychic art making. I worried about whether it was “right” and if people would think I was “bad” for connecting to the spiritual realm. I had to reach out to my friends and spiritual community for support. They were very patient with me every step of the way. I am so grateful for their time and love.
One of my friends said to me, “When you’re an artist, you’re always looking for a job” and he was right. I am continuously applying for exhibitions, asking for meetings with arts leaders, and finding ways to communicate the value of what I offer. There’s plenty of rejection and it gets discouraging. But the art making is so fulfilling — I wouldn’t trade it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Crystal Daigle Fine Art – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I help clients recognize their divinity by providing custom fine art for their homes, offices and organizations. I also create opportunities for shifting awareness through art installations and bodies of work that I show and sell.
I lead spiritual art activities on yoga retreats that activate guests’ creativity and personal evolution.
I support clients’ happiness and inspiration through my psychic readings and Psychic Illuminations Artworks. They depict helpful visions I receive for my clients during clairvoyant readings.
I make events extra memorable by creating Psychic Drawings for guests. In these five-minute drawings, I visually share a special message from the spiritual realm. The drawing is a portal for each person; prompting a spiritual awakening.
My work is unique in that I combine my psychic abilities with my artistic skills to provide an awakening and reassuring experience for my clients.
In my site-specific installations, I activate spaces, increase awareness around current issues and improve existing aesthetics. In 2014 I created a community art installation called “Push Down & Tango” which can be seen on my website. I’m really happy with its visual impact and how it shifted the stigma around chronic illness.
I am proud of “The Invitation” a large painting that I was commissioned to make for Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. It welcomes and calms families as they await news from health care professionals.
Respect and a desire for excellence is at the core of my work. I believe in taking excellent care of my clients and patrons. When they are visibly moved, I am thrilled and motivated to keep making art.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m really excited about an installation I’m designing that will take my Psychic Illuminations to another level. I’ll create Psychic Drawings on a sculptural wall for visitors. They’ll get to watch me draw in real time, and guests will enjoy the piece in its totality when the surface is filled at the end of the night. There’re some fun, interactive elements to it — stay tuned.
I am also planning a trip to France and Italy, where I’ll be interviewing people about their spiritual awakenings, then making a series of works based on these stories.
I will be showing my current body of work, too. It’s a collection of paintings, collages and mixed media pieces exploring awakenings while interacting with the ocean here in San Diego and in Tulum, Mexico.
- Address: San Diego, CA 92104
- Website: www.CrystalDaigle.com
- Phone: 480.228.5049
- Email: info@CrystalDaigle.com
- Instagram: @Crystal_Daigle
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crystal.daigle1
- Other: https://sobernation.com/author/crystal-daigle/