"I must stay alone and know that I am alone to contemplate and feel nature in full; I have to surrender myself to what encircles me, I have to merge with my clouds and rocks in order to be what I am. Solitude is indispensible for my dialogue with nature."- Caspar David Friedrich
Crystal DiPietro spent much time as a child exploring and hiking in the mountains and rural areas of central Pennsylvania where she grew up. Even as a child, she found great joy in sketching and making elaborate drawings of the places she visited.
She gave up the rural life and moved to Washington, DC in 1988 to attend the Corcoran College of Art and Design. While there, she studied drawing and painting, earning a BFA in 1992.
After numerous visits to the west over the years, Crystal fell in love with the desert and open spaces. She finally moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. Ever since then, she has spent as much time as possible making solo treks into the desert and mountain backcountry and sharing these experiences through her art. She is enthralled with the colors, light and textures found in the Wilderness and works to capture the many moods of the western landscape.
Crystal’s work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, Virginia, Utah and Nevada and can be found in numerous collections all over the world, including with the National Park Service.