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. These groups include being one of the founding members of Art Arena Gallery Inc. Wollongong, NSW where she participated in many group and solo shows from the early eighties till the mid nineties. One of the highlights of this association was initiating one of the first International Artist Run Space exchange shows between Hamilton Artist Inc. Canada and Art Arena Gallery Inc. Wollongong. On her return from Canada her family moved to Canberra where she became involved with Megalo Access Arts as a committee member and at one stage, chair. At ANCA she had a studio for four years and was actively involved with representation on the management committee.Since the early eighties Crane held twelve solo shows and has been represented in many group and selected exhibitions – regionally, nationally and internationally.
From a community level Crane has pioneered some grassroots community based arts programs and initiated an internationally renowned inclusive arts program in the ACT which is now known as Open Art ACT. She was awarded the Sir William Keys Churchill Fellowship researching community arts and mental health during 2002 travelling to USA, Canada and the UK and has presented at conferences along with guest speaking invitations.
Residencies have included time at Riversdale with the Bundanon Trust and a community arts residency at Alice Springs then later Broken Hill and Berlin. During 2009 she was in residence at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. In 2010 a return trip to Broken Hill as part of the Coast > Desert Artists group took place culminating in a group show titled ‘The Hill’ during March – April 2011 at Bega Regional Gallery. Crane’s inspiration was The Darling River and the works completed included a series of five large scrolls (each 5metres long x 400mm wide) as well as a video titled ‘River Road’.
The Berlin residency during October of 2009 was a time of self reflection with an opportunity to clarify future directions responding to a city of such historical significance. The result was a solo exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre during October 2010 in Canberra. Works produced included works on paper, large canvas works and a video in collaboration with German composer Professor Andreas Herrmann. This work was shown at Propaganda Window Melbourne with a three window video projection in the CBD during November/December 2010.
‘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 your art. To be able to create a narrative about the places I inhabit is an essential part of my process – be that painting, drawing, textiles, assemblages, photographs and most recently video.’