Chrystal earned a BFA in photography from the Alberta College of Art & Design, in Canada. She received the Board of Governors Award, Bob Ranson Memorial Scholarship, John H. & Kathleen Snow Scholarship, and the Photographic Arts Merit Award. Since graduating, she has assisted photographers with advertising, editorial work, and analogue darkroom production, whilst pursuing her own photo-based art practice. In 2007 she relocated to the UK, and was commissioned to create lens-based public engagement projects at the University of Bristol.
She is currently an MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking student, a degree programme which is part of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England (UWE). One of the appeals of this programme is the book arts research group. There is vast collection of artists' books and book arts resources for all aspects of artist publishing, this is led by Sarah Bodman.
Chrystal is interested in making artists' books that are intimate vessels of imagery and ideas, and that act as portals for otherworldly photographic collage and automatic writing.