Crystal Desai is an Atlanta native and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2012. Primarily a mixed media painter, she intuitively allows images to emerge that represent her inner world. These take the form of animals, imaginary creatures, and the environments they live in. As she develops this personal mythology, she uses it to tell a story of self-discovery, emotional healing, and spiritual growth. Her work has been shown in Atlanta at Swan Coach House Gallery, Facet Gallery, and the Abernathy Arts Center, among others. She was awarded the Leap Year Fellowship in 2018, is a 2019 TAR Project resident, and was a 2018 Hambidge Fellow.