After completing five years of arts training at the University of Wollongong in the mid eighties Crane gained an Associate Diploma of Creative Art followed by Bachelor of Creative Arts graduating with Distinction. Crane has been involved with many artist run initiatives and community arts projects over many years, including Art Arena Gallery Inc, Megalo Access Arts and the ANCA Dickson studio complex in Canberra. During this time she participated in many solo and group exhibitions. She was also awarded the Sir William Keys Churchill Fellowship researching community arts and mental health in 2002.
Her work has been represented in many group and selected exhibitions – regionally, nationally and internationally. Since her arrival to the rural coastal village of Pambula on the Far South Coast of NSW she has participated in eleven solo shows. She won the Illawarra Art Prize in 1986 and has been acquired by the Alice Craft Acquisition 2007 for mixed media. In 2008 she was the joint winner of the Calleen Acquisition (with Wendy Teakel). Her work is in the collection of the Bundanon Trust.
Career highlights include residencies with the Bundanon Trust, Alice Springs, Broken Hill Art Exchange, Berlin, New Zealand and most recently Venice, Italy. During September 2016 she traveled to Barcelona for a two week residency at Art Print Residence to make a series of unique prints. During February/March 2017 she was an artist in residence at Bull Bay, North Bruny Island Tasmania.
‘Over the past few years my work has been about the landscape of place. To me the most important aspect of being an artist is to be authentic through the act of mark making. To be able to create a narrative about the places I inhabit is an essential part of this process. My abstract landscape landscape inspired works speak about moments of time where narratives formed via my own visual lexicon in an experiential and gestural manner. It is from a place deep within where shapes form and are distilled into fragments of past and present merging together in an abstract form. It is about seeking questions and revealing an intimate personalised glimpse into my inner landscape – both physically and metaphorically – known and unknown’.
Most recently she has been obsessed with making her own brushes and sourcing a variety of materials from hervnatural environment including native plant fibres, driftwood, bamboo, organic fibres and found objects, including ocean and marine debris . Since February 2015 she has been teaching brush making workshops within NSW, Victoria, ACT and QLD.