I am largely self taught and have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. Light plays a significant role in my choice of subject. Landscape work is usually completed on location, with minor adjustments back in the studio. Whatever the subject, working from life is a feature of my art. I gain inspiration from artists such as Streeton, Sargent, Seago, Munnings, Hannaford, Ken Howard, Ken Knight and Howard Morgan.
I have exhibited and sold my paintings through several galleries in Tasmania since the early 90’s. Comments about my exhibitions included this one from Joerg Andersch of “The Saturday Mercury”.
Crossland’s paintings are superb and traditional, but in an easy, loose style with a lovely luminosity rarely seen these days.
Though I work full-time in agriculture, I have continued to focus on both painting and drawing and my art has evolved over the years. I currently sell my work through the Saddlers Court gallery in Richmond, Tasmania.
Art Awards and Exhibitions
2018 – Finalist in Alice Bale Travelling Scholarship Award
2017 – Overall winner, Artery ‘Art on Show’ Award
2017 – Finalist in Colville Gallery Lloyd Rees Art Award 2017
2017 – Waterways 2017, The Art Society of Tasmania – People’s Choice runner up Award
2016 – TASART Exhibition, Highly Commended Award
2016 – The 132nd Annual Exhibition, Art Society of Tasmania – Runner Up, Highly Commended Award
2016 – Plein Air Cygnet Art Show – Second Prize
2015 – Art on Show Award, Tasmanian Royal Agricultural Show – Second Place, Section A
2015 – TASART Exhibition, Tasmanian Alkaloids Award – Winner
2015 – The 131st Annual Exhibition, Art Society of Tasmania – Winner. Best Overall Work
2012 – Waterways 2013, Art Society of Tasmania – Judges Commendation Prize
2010 – Tasmanian Landscape Award, Burnie Art Show – Winner
2009 – Hobart Show Art Award – Judges Commendation Award
2006 – En Plein Air Art Award (Woodbridge, Tasmania) – Winner
2004 – Australian Wooden Boat Festival Poster Competition – Winner
2002 – Sunlight and Shadow – Salamanca Collection
2002 – Tasmanian Art Award Eskleigh House – Judges Commendation Prize
2001 – Living Daylights – Salamanca Collection
2000 – Sullivans Cove En Plein Air – Salamanca Collection
1999, 2001 – Central Highland Art Award – Runner up
1999 – Yet to be Famous Art Award – Winner
I have also had a portrait selected and hung in the national Alice Bale Art Award (2007) and have sold numerous commissioned paintings, life drawings and illustrations.