Colette Crutcher : Artwork Made By Hand
My career began with painting and printmaking, but my work now covers a broad spectrum, from very large to very small, from public to intensely personal, from abstract to figurative, and across a range of media: painting and drawing, collage, assemblage, paper mache, concrete, ceramic and mosaics.

I hope that a single voice can be distinguished speaking in all of these different tongues.

I draw inspiration from the great artistic traditions of many cultures, and from isolated, quirky individuals mining their own psyches for material.

I particularly enjoy the artistic/architectural installations by outsider artists, from Simon Rodia to the Facteur Cheval, that I've been lucky enough to visit. I hope my future includes some projects of a similar scale and scope.

Tonantsin Renace (Tonantsin Reborn)

This mural is a renovation of La Madre Tonantsin.
The goddess represented is Tonantsin, the mother of the Aztec gods.

163: The Story of the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of Golden Gate Heights, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are among the hidden treasures of San Francisco. This landmark, designed and fabricated by artists Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr, was initiated and funded by a grass-roots effort. Handmade tiles in the shapes of stars, birds, flowers, fish, and more bear the names of over 200 local residents and businesses who helped make the dream a reality.

In words and vivid photographs, this book tells the remarkable story of two artists and a community inspiring each other.

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