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 Far South Coast of NSW she has participated in eleven solo shows. Residencies since 1995 till the present have included the Bundanon Trust, Alice Springs, Broken Hill Art Exchange and most recently Berlin and New Zealand. 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.
‘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 my process.
My mixed media works speak about a sense of time and place. Where fragments of past and present merge together seeking answers by revealing an intimate glimpse in a layered landscape – both physically and metaphorically.’
During 2012 her work has been included in selected group shows in Matera and Venice, Italy. A short video toured with the Norm/No-Madic video projection pan global exhibition launched in Melbourne Aust and Liverpool UK coinciding with the Liverpool Biennale ‘12. During June 2013 this show tours to Beirut and Copenhagen. Most recently she spent time as artist in residence with the Bundanon Trust. Her latest works from 2013 were included in a selected exhibition of small works on paper touring internationally – The Drawing Box show launched in Mumbai, India and is now touring to Belfast and Dublin and Ireland followed by Malaysia and Italy in 2014.