USU art student grows from rooster 'color-er' to ways to fix emotions
By Jessica May
One of Chad Crane's
paintings. / Photo by Jessica May
Whether Chad Crane will become the next Picasso or Van Gogh, time will
tell. But famous or not, it is easy to tell the USU art student loves
Crane's love for painting began when he was a child. Crane remembers
falling asleep to the relaxing sound of Bob Ross swiping his paintbrush
across the canvas. His interest was sparked when he entered kindergarten
and ran into some coloring challenges. Apparently, his coloring job
of a rooster outline was not up to par for the teacher. After receiving
some stern reprimand, Crane made up his mind that he was not only going
to stay inside the lines, but he was going to be the best "color-er"
in the class. From that day on, his talent and love for art have continued
With a great love for learning, Crane has appreciated his instructors
and experiences while studying art at Utah State University. He's enjoyed
working under the direction of Chris Terry, painting instructor, as
well as Jon Anderson and Glenn Edwards, two of USU art department's
emeritus professors. While he compliments his professors, Crane expressed
the need for USU to hire more faculty members in order to house the
number of students who are interested in the art program.
"There are too many people, not enough art classes," says
While Crane has learned a lot from his professors, he finds time to
appreciate other great artists. "I adore Picasso," stated
Crane. While Picasso could draw the human anatomy as well as anyone
else, he took his skills and talents in a different direction. Even
though his paintings look a bit childlike, Crane finds perfection in
the way that Picasso was able to display design principles and solid
art skills in his work.
Playing off of that love for Picasso, Crane strives to find his own
methods of creating images that display his unique view of life. Using
a lot of mixed media -- acrylics, oil pastels and even magic markers
-- Crane seizes the opportunity to be creative and express himself.
Art is a way to "transfer emotion to another form -- something
tangible," says Crane, "and after I am done, I feel better."
While he finds inspiration in his surroundings, such as the towering
mountains around Logan, Crane noted that his most profound source of
inspiration comes from the emotional well within himself.
When asked what he finds himself usually projecting onto the canvas,
Crane explained, "Mostly I just try to describe my emotions and
how I feel."
Crane finds that writing poems and songs is another great way to vent
his emotions and express his innermost thoughts.
While his paintings all display an element of his emotional side, Crane
hopes that viewers can notice the unique characteristics in each piece
of his work. Many artists have a particular style, but Crane tries to
step away from that categorization, claiming that he doesn't want to
"get stuck" with any particular label.
After graduation Crane's options remain very open. He might teach at
a junior college, or he might possibly take to writing and illustrating
children's books. There is even the possibility that he might go to
grad school and abandon a career in art all together, but one thing
is for sure: Wherever he goes, whatever he does, Crane will be painting
and creating, as all true artists do.