About commissioned work:

Partnerships of trust between artist and client create amazing products that are deeply honored by both the giver and the receiver.

Many of the examples on this website were done in partnership:  a client came to me with an idea for a gift, a product, a book, a logo, or an empty space in their home or business, and we worked together to find a solution.

If you didn’t know that you can seamlessly work together with a creative individual who is trained in the techniques and subtleties of transcribing your personal ideas –on whatever level–into something very tangible, you are in the right place to change that!

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All photos and artwork on this website were taken by, were created by and are copyrighted by Cate Nailling Crawford, except:

  • The photograph taken of me writing was taken in a class being taught by English scribe Sir Donald Jackson in 2016 and is copyright Carson Newman University, TN.
  • The photograph of me working on a QuickDraw painting of Old Trail Town (at the Children’s Resource Center in Cody, WY) was taken by photographer Neil Lefave of Cody, WY.

Recent work

Commission 2018

My client’s daughter composed this passage.  She is a young working mother and he wanted to encourage her to keep writing;  so he asked me to calligraph the passage in a way that he could give it to her for Christmas and make a few prints so that he and her in-laws could have a copy. This is what I produced.

A bit about me

Seasoned is the best description I can come up with for me and for my work.  Seasoned with years of experience in a variety of areas that have blended into the most satisfying combination of knowledge, expression and flavor.

A solid liberal arts foundation (from the University of North Carolina magna cum laude in fine art–painting, drawing and printmaking– and classical languages–ancient Greek and Latin) has allowed me to work in the most interesting territories within the past 40 years.

That broad background–with exposure to deep technique and deep thought by wonderful instructors–has made it possible for me to know how to gain depth in a multitude of areas with ease.  Knowing when it was time to move forward also kept me growing in the areas of writing, organizing, creating, managing and supervising jobs; as well as exploration and expression in architectural, fine, graphic and publishing arts and teaching.

For well over 46 years, I have been fortunate to have been exposed to and to have worked with some of the best models in the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, printmaking, glass and neon design, lettering arts, book design, marketing and publishing.  I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and I live in the most beautiful part of the world.

A variety of my work (glass, signage calligraphy, painting, drawing, books and textiles) has been commissioned and/or collected around the world and exhibited in local and regional invitational and juried shows across the US.

Currently I am working in my studio, doing quick-draw painting events in Cody, Wyoming and teaching calligraphy where I most gratefully live and breathe in the fresh air of the Absaroka mountains each day.   I am a member of the Cody Country Art League where I currently show and sell my work.



Cate’s Ramblings

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These little raccoons took up residence in our barn…pretty sure they were born there.  As soon as they were old enough to capture, we re-homed them to a wilder area not so far away where they had a creek flowing nearby.  Two days later, we were driving home from town and saw all three on the roadside ambling back to our place!

All images on this site are copyrighted by Cate Crawford 2019