Crystal Driedger


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MEDIUMS: Oil | Acrylic | Graphite | Colored Pencil
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist

I am fascinated by details, colour and getting to know a subject intimately and find joy in discovering and portraying the personality and life behind a plant, animal, or place. I’m deeply drawn to nature and domesticated plants and animals, likely because I grew up wandering the forests and fields of my family farm in Northern Canada. I’m drawn to experimenting with different mediums and would love to demonstrate coloured pencil techniques, acrylic and oil painting and can talk about creating and painting relief carvings as well as capturing “the spirit of an animal or place” and taking a step into the world of illustration as an artist.

My commercial art background has allowed me to work with many companies to license or create custom artwork for specific products and I have created many of my own products featuring my artwork and have products in almost every province in Canada. I am happy to build a mentorship program that is specific to each group of artist’s goals – from licensing to choosing which products are right for your artwork to creating and selling those products, creating a beautiful and attractive display at markets, making and selling prints, to honing your artistic voice, technique-specific demonstrations, goal and dream centred discussions,  building meaningful connections in the industry, how to transition from one style to another, banishing limiting beliefs, finding inspiration and critiques that are honest but also encouraging and so much more!

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.

Specialty: ✔ Generalist



Technique Demos


Color and Composition


Teaching How to Self Critique


Providing Art Critiques



Social Media



Running Your Art Business the Day to Day




Products, Prints, Reproductions

“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
~ Deb, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

After graduating from MacEwan University’s design & Illustration program, Crystal spent 4 years as an in-house artist for Transglobal Communications creating artwork for gift bags, wrapping paper and children’s books that were sold to a variety of retail stores across the United States. She moved on to pursue a freelance career, where she created artwork for the children’s market, a line of handmade prints, paintings and carvings and became a sessional instructor at MacEwan University for the design program teaching illustration.

Crystal attends several large, juried artisan markets and exhibitions and has taken on larger illustration commissions for the Royal Alberta Museum. Telus World of Science and Fort Edmonton Park with multiple murals, dioramas as well as products for their store. Her art products are carried in over 40 stores across Canada. She was mentored by internationally renowned, award-winning botanical artist Margaret Best and has exhibited her botanical artwork at international shows with the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her career has focused exclusively on illustration and fine art for the last 20 years.

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