Sian Crichton was born and raised in a small village at the foot of the hills, just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1996, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and photography,  Sian's sense of adventure led her to emigrate to Canada. She arrived in Alberta and worked for a film and television production company as an associate producer, director and production manager.

After a few years she
 left the film business to raise her family and became a freelance portrait and landscape photographer. This led her to begin experimenting with different mediums.  When she touched her first paint brush to canvas she realized there was no turning back and hungrily sought out classes in realism. Sian learned to paint in the style of the old masters and found under painting the monochromatic tonal values a natural transition after so many years of printing her photography.   "I began painting in the style of the old masters, under painting in Burnt Sienna oil paint first and then layering the colours on top of the values placed.  Initially I began with realism, experimenting with still lifes and environmental portraits and enjoyed the pursuit of authenticity. "

In 2007 Sian moved to Ontario, where she continues to paint full time. 
When in her studio she uses a wide range of brushes, palette knives and the slow drying medium of oil paint to re-create the poetry within the land, people and animals that she has experienced.
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 BA in photography film and television.

Continuing Education for Photographing Children, Portrait, weddings, Hand colouring/retouching/painting photographs.

Completed Deke McClelland’s Total Training for Adobe Photoshop.

Hidden talent Fine Art School: Laura Watmough course in oil painting like the masters and realism.

Sheridan College A+
 -Life Drawing. Conte, Charcoal, graphite.

-Painting Transition. Water oil paints.

-Portrait painting, . Water oil paints.

-Art History

-Life Figure drawing. Conte, charcoal, graphite, india ink.

-Colour Theory

RYT 200 Yoga with Barb Leese.