Cristal McQueen



I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Tucson, Arizona in the late 90’s.  I found my way to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 and once I arrived, I knew that I was finally home.

A few years ago, I attended an art exhibit and was asked the question, “Are you creative?”  without thinking, I responded with . . . “I used to be”.  Without realizing it, I had gradually allowed my creative side to take a back seat in my life.   I refocused and began exploring new creative endeavors and through that journey I discovered photography.

I also attempt to paint watercolors and am learning how to draw with colored pencils, but photography is the medium I use most often to express myself and stay focused on the creative person within.   I enjoy a variety of different styles of photography.  My work is comprised of landscapes, wildlife, old buildings, barns and pets.  Really, anything else that catches my eye and translates through the lens.  

I believe that the most important quality of a photography, as with all art, is to evoke an emotional response and that has been, and will always be, my goal.  

In my spare time, I photograph homeless dogs, cats and critters searching for their forever homes and donate my photography services to the Skagit Humane Society.   We now have three rescue kitties!

I travel extensively throughout the Pacific NW in search of my next inspiration. 

I reside in Bay View with my husband who is a daily inspiration to me and most ardent supporter.

“Which of my photographs in my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow”

               . . .Imogen Cunningham