Sumner Crenshaw Frederick, Maryland

Sumner Crenshaw infuses her work with movement, lines and varying degrees of color. She currently lives in Maryland and finds inspiration in the work of Salvador Dali. Her goal is to keep exploring the minimalist, narrative surrealism she's been moving toward.


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    About The Artist

    Sumner Crenshaw infuses her work with movement, lines and varying degrees of color. She currently lives in Maryland and finds inspiration in the work of Salvador Dali. Her goal is to keep exploring the minimalist, narrative surrealism she's been moving toward.

    Artist Statement

    Forty-five minutes: that’s how long it took me to muster the courage to pick up the phone and call a potential buyer, someone I’d known for ages.

    Five years: that’s how long I hung on to a gallery’s contact information because I was too shy to send them my portfolio.

    Art Basel Miami: a huge art event I could’ve exhibited at, if I hadn’t have been so scared.

    Forty-five minutes, five years, Miami; each of these is but a fang in the mouth of my greatest monster: Anxiety. The binding that makes up my being. Since childhood I have struggled with crippling anxiety and depression, which makes the prospect of finding my way in the world, especially as an artist, deeply terrifying and almost insurmountable.

    But monsters are meant to be slayed, and art has helped me to subjugate, if not slay, mine. Every episode of anxiety can become a character, a story I can portray in paint. A creature with multiple dueling limbs represents the hydra in my own head. A confident figure strutting across the canvas is the girl I hope to be one day. A dash of red, a curving line, and a rushing brushstroke: all are visual metaphors that help me to find a voice that is stronger than the monster that has muzzled me for so long. Anxiety gives rise to inspiration and empowerment. This tension has been one of the guiding forces in my creative endeavors, and it has given me a valuable way to connect with viewers. We all can relate to the struggle to understand ourselves, express ourselves, and transform ourselves; there is a monster, and a hero, in each of us.

    Artist Background

    Academy of Art University
    Master of Fine Arts, 2009


    Hear What Collectors Say About Sumner's Work

    commentsJust Breathe
    S Horn purchased this artwork. 12/25/2021 | 2:14 PM

    I gave this as a gift today, Christmas, to my son-in-law, who is VERY hard to buy for on any occasion. I know art is very personal, so I was hesitant. He really liked it! So did his wife and my son. It was a hit! The artist’s style is light and airy. This is a beautiful piece that makes you do as its title says, “Just Breathe”.

    Sumner Crenshaw 1/23/2020 | 2:05 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so excited to send The Morrigan to you and I hope you love it! Thank you for supporting my work :-)

    N Williams 1/23/2020 | 11:49 AM

    Well I just purchased the Morrigan and can hardly wait until it arrives. I love your work.. I have been a fan of Dali myself and found him in your work which is what drew me to you. I love your work just wanted you to know and will let you know what I think once I have received my piece and what I think of it.

    Sumner Crenshaw 3/6/2018 | 10:04 PM

    Michigan area fans, please check out Future Gallery's Nou Surrealism exhibit! I will be one of their featured artists! Opening on March 10 :)

    Sumner Crenshaw 1/15/2018 | 2:52 PM

    Please check out my interview with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine! :-)

    commentsHolding Back
    F Wong purchased this artwork. 3/30/2017 | 8:44 AM

    The piece is even more beautiful than I expected. I'm sure to love it for many years to come and can't wait to purchase another piece by Sumner Crenshaw. Please continue to create such breathtaking artwork.

    Sumner Crenshaw 11/16/2016 | 3:27 PM

    Hello Friends and followers! Just a few announcements as we go into the holiday shopping season! - I'm pleased to announce that starting in December I will be represented by ZaPow Gallery in Asheville, NC! Stop by in December for ZaPow's grand reopening and check out all new artwork by yours truly! - Looking forward to the year ahead, I will be in two group shows in NYC in 2017! ! Stay tuned for details on when to check out my work at Gristle Gallery and Greenpoint Gallery, both in Brooklyn :-) And as always, please keep checking back here on Ugallery to see all my new work for the holidays! Cheers! Sumner

    Sumner Crenshaw 6/12/2016 | 11:13 AM

    Facebook page is finally up! Please like and share it- Sumner Crenshaw Art :-)

    Sumner Crenshaw 11/1/2015 | 9:39 AM

    New solo show up! "Form & Flow" features several new paintings and will be on view through the end of November at Cafe Nola in historic downtown Frederick,MD

    Sumner Crenshaw 7/31/2015 | 11:05 AM

    Hi Friends & Followers! I have quite a few shows coming up! If you are in the DMV area and would like to see my work, you can check it out at the following places: August- The a Fine Arts Co, Hagerstown November- Cafe Nola, downtown Frederick January 2016- The Muse, downtown Frederick June 2016- Unique Optique, downtown Frederick Thank you for your support of my work! :-D

    V Prasad 2/9/2015 | 9:52 AM

    Sumner - what happemed to the "Surrender" painting and there was another one = I think it was called I forget the name. I bought "Hiding" and if I like it I was hoping to buy "Surrender" and "Grace Pink???"" . you have removed two of the artwork that was right next to Hiding and is replaced two other paintings that sort of look alike but not the same.

    Sumner Crenshaw 9/7/2014 | 12:23 PM

    Two person exhibit now up! Stop by The Muse in historic downtown Frederick to see my work, as well as my sister's! We're doing a joint exhibit inspired by our furry friends for the annual Dog Days of Summer event. Up now though the end of the month :)

    Sumner Crenshaw 7/15/2014 | 6:56 PM

    Solo exhibit coming up in August! I will be showing at The Fine Arts Company in Hagerstown, MD. Opening is August 9 :)

    Sumner Crenshaw 5/25/2014 | 5:45 PM

    Thank you for your kind words- Your comment made my day! I will be uploading new work soon, please check it out :-)

    D Gentry 5/22/2014 | 7:44 PM

    I really love your work! As soon as I can, I will be purchasing some of your pieces.

    Sumner Crenshaw 10/11/2013 | 8:27 PM

    Solo exhibit coming up! I will be showcasing my most recent work at CoWork in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The exhibit is entitled "Coda", and features work inspired by dancers & the Ballet Russes. Opening on November 2nd! :)


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