11 x 14 in.
Cindy was born and raised in San Diego. She has loved art as far back as she can remember.
Her letters to Santa were always for art supplies and dolls. After outgrowing dolls, her parents converted her playhouse into her art studio. In her mid-twenties she moved to the Central Valley of California. At the time she was painting in a more whimsical style. Her work was featured and sold in galleries and shops along the Pacific Coast.
In her thirties, she graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton with a multiple subject credential and a supplemental credential in Art. Cindy taught second grade for several years and during the summers, she taught private art classes for children.
Since that time, Cindy’s work has encompassed many different styles and genres. She started out painting mostly portraits and figures but after having a home on the Central Coast, her love of not only painting the landscape began, but her love of painting outdoors as well. She especially loves now traveling and painting in various new areas and meeting fellow artists all across the U.S. and abroad.
I once heard a saying, “To be inspired means to be in spirit.” For me, being out among God’s great creation is the best inspiration. Here, all of my senses become part of my painting, not just sight but touch and sound, all owing together onto my canvas. “Light”, is probably what most inspires me to paint a certain scene, light vs. shadow, warm vs. cool; or lack of light, creating mood and atmosphere.
I love my studio time as well. It is there that I can create larger paintings, carrying with me the memory of recent outdoor experiences. It is there that I have the time to add my own style and nuances to a scene already lightly captured ‘en plein air.’ I remember well my very first studio. It was a dollhouse that my father converted for me as a child. There, out in the yard, I learned the pleasures of freeing my creative energies into something I could share with others.
My work is most known for its impressionistic or “painterly” style, favoring serene, pictorial landscapes. I prefer to suggest, rather than render, simplifying large shapes of color and value, leaving the details to the viewer. I feel this allows them to explore my paintings, the same way I so eagerly explored my surroundings. My goal is to convey my feelings through my heart and brush in hopes that the viewer will gain the same sense of spirit that inspired me.
OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA
AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST SOCIETY
CALIFORNIA ART CLUB
AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS
LAGUNA PLEIN AIR PAINTERS ASSOCIATION
MONTEREY BAY PLEIN AIR PAINTERS ASSOCIATION
CENTRAL COAST ART ASSOCIATION
MONTEREY PENINSULA ART ASSOCIATION
CARMEL ART ASSOCIATION
Carmel By the Sea, California
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION
STOCKTON ART LEAGUE
SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS
2016 JURIED SHOWS
MBPAPA SIGNATURE SHOW “ART TAKES WING”
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History , Pacific Grove, CA
- 1st Place “Coastal Splendor”
MBPAPA GENERAL SHOW “OUR PIECE OF PARADISE”
Pacific Grove Art Center , Pacific Grove, CA
- 1st Place “Tranquil Moments”
LAGUNA PLEIN AIR ASSOCIATION: “ROMANCING THE LANDSCAPE”
laguna beach, CA
- 1st Place “Summer Dunes”
LAGUNA PLEIN AIR ASSOCIATION: “LESS IS MORE”
Laguna Beach, CA
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PLEIN AIR
DEBRA HUSE GALLERY HOLIDAY TREASURES
Newport Beach, CA
MBPAPA NATIVIDAD SHOW “HEALING FEAST FOR THE SOUL”
The Alvarado Gallery, Monterey, CA
- Honorable Mention “Homeward Bound”
NANCY DODDS GALLERY Carmel, CA (831)624-0346 www.nancydoddsgallery.com/
EDWARD MONTGOMERY FINE ART GALLERY Carmel, CA (831) 622-9292 www.edwardmontgomeryneart.com
THE MISSION GALLERY St.George, UT (435) 688-9670 www.themissiongallery.com
REINERT FINE ART GALLERY Charleston, SC (843) 345-1785 www.reinertfineart.com