16 x 20 in., oil
$1800 Available from the artist
Cynthia became swept up in a passion for plein air painting after moving from New York to Vermont and visiting Arizona. Since then she has participated in numerous national juried and invitational plein air events, bringing her unique approach to painting to each happening.
“Working on location is the spring in my diving board! Painting in the field to limitless color, ever changing light, and the sound of a spinning world engages and challenges both perceptions and expression. No sooner do I embark on one path then the road turns, introducing new sights and inspirations, broadening my visual vocabulary with no end in sight,” says Cynthia.
Finding her voice, discovering a way to connect with and interpret the organic and ephemeral nature of an ever-changing world, lies at the center of Cynthia’s quest. She both improvises and creates order as transforming blank canvas to vivid paintings.
“When I first saw Cynthia’s work in national publications, like PleinAir Magazine, I was reminded of the expressive, palette-knife-rendered work of the late New Mexico artist Louisa McElwain. Louisa spoke of her work as expressing emotion derived from being on location, and I think that is what Cynthia seeks as well. Her work is very expressive and colorful, and the joy and exhilaration she feels is clearly conveyed to her canvas. She is a top plein artist.” Alan Brock
Cynthia’s return to making art followed a hiatus spent raising children and teaching. It began with designing and painting theatre sets then progressed to executing murals. She has since turned to the immediacy of working from life, primarily in nature but enjoying figurative work, as well. The size of her work varies but her fascination with color and the movement of it is a constant, as evidenced in all genres: landscape work, still lifes, and portraits.
PleinAir Magazine: Feb/Mar 2018, Feature Article ‘Cynthia Rosen: Asserting Your Own Voice As A Plein Air Painter’
American Art Collector: March 2018, Featured in ‘Women Artists’