Nellie Crawford migrated to Australia as a child and grew up on a small farm in the forest country in the south west of Australia. After moving to Perth to study she graduated from university in 1978 and she taught in schools and technical colleges throughout Western Australia and on Christmas Island, and spent several years travelling and working in Europe.
In 1998, after many years of painting on a part-time basis, and studying with recognised Australian artists, she gave up teaching to paint full-time. Since then she has gained recognition as a collectible still-life painter, both in Australia and overseas. Nellie works from her studio in the beautiful harbour town of Freemantle in Western Australia, and is represented by galleries in Australia and the UK. Her works are a blend of artistic precision and sensitivity to mood, colour and atmosphere. While she follows in the long and respected tradition of the still-life genre, her paintings are fresh and distinctive, and demand for her work is high.
She says this about her paintings:
‘I try to impart a sense of harmony and balance through my work. My aim is to paint pictures that people can live with and look at with increasing pleasure – to capture a feeling or a moment in time which then becomes timeless.’