Lawrie Crawford

Lawrie is an interdisciplinary artist and former government analyst who’s lived in the Yukon for over 35 years.  Her practice has spanned many disciplines, each coming to the fore at different times in her life.  In the mid-nineties painting gave way to theatre and writing, which soon merged with music and interdisciplinary performances.

During graduate school, between 2011 and 2014, Lawrie re-dedicated herself to painting.  Since 2011, her commitment to her practice has led to three solo shows and a significant body of work.  She builds each piece intuitively, layering and at times scraping or sanding back— her palette dictated by season and place.  She ascribes meaning to a panarchy loop pattern, which integrates motion, rhythm, vibration and pause into her painting and art-life process.  

In 2014, Lawrie graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, at their Port Townsend, Washington campus.  

She is a founding member of the Southern Lakes Artist Collective (SLAC), and a member of the Yukon Art Society and the Hui No‘eau, on Maui, Hawai‘i where her work was juried into their annual exhibition.  In Whitehorse her work can be seen at Arts Underground or by arranging a studio visit.

For most of 2015 Lawrie was fully involved with SLAC's collaborative exhibition, Paper Rocks Scissors, which was presented this past September in Whitehorse Yukon.  The story of how the
exhibition came to be can be found by clicking... here for Exhibition Catalogue.

For most of 2016, Lawrie dedicated her efforts to the creation of spaces for art-makers and community builders.  Art Carcross is a multi-partered project with a gallery space, a mentorship component and a community-building focus.  click here


For those interested in more about panarchy and painting, see the portfolio link below.


MFA Portfolio link -  My Panarchy

“Art’s wider significance is biological.  It is no idle play of surplus energies, no mere lustre on the hard surface of reality, as materialists have tended to argue.  It springs from the centre of life.  It is the finest tone of our vitality, the reflexion of harmonious form, the very echo of the organic rhythm of the universe.”                                           Herbert Read  1963