Viewing the gallery walls lined with her colorful paintings and discussing their creation with her, one can clearly see that Cynthia paints not only what she sees but what she feels and has experienced. Each painting has a story. And her exquisite use of color and light masterfully reflects life’s beauty. These are paintings that speak from the heart.
“It is with color and passion that I strive to capture a moment in time, a fleeting happenstance that perhaps we didn’t even notice, but has impressed upon us a feeling of joy and promise. I want to capture life, in all its simple glory.”
Her paintings range from large with gorgeous frames, to small ones with delicate composition of colors. On one wall she has Giclee prints of her oil paintings, the rest of the gallery is hung with original oils. I, for one, like the originals best. The Giclee’s lose the lovely 3D feeling that oil on canvass has. However, these prints have the colors and emotions that are just as powerful as the original oils. In her statement about these prints, she says “…is limited edition Giclees digitally printed…on the finest Arches paper by a high quality printer who uses archival inks. Each Giclee is signed and numbered by me and comes with a certificate of authenticity…I keep my edition sizes small, often 25 pieces for edition.” These prints also make her artwork available at a more affordable price than the original oils.
Cynthia definitely continues in the tradition of the great Impressionist painters such as Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent. American Impressionism was a style of painting related to European Impressionism and practiced by American artists in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a style of painting characterized by loose brushwork and vivid colors. I will write more about Impressionism in my next blog posting.