Painting in Monet's Garden, Giverny France
St. Mary's, Glacier National Park, MT
Cynthia is a California native who has lived in the Bay Area most of her life. She has felt compelled to respond to the beauty around her since childhood, winning awards in elementary and high school. Her artistic creations have taken many forms over the years while she explored a variety of media. Today she works in oil and pastel.
Her paintings have been in national juried shows at the Triton Museum, Haggin Museum and Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. In 2016, she was awarded Best of Show in the International Exhibit of Sierra Pastel Society and was an award winner in Pastel Society of the West Coast's International Juried Exhibit in 2014. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Her landscapes are painted on site, en plein air, usually in one sitting. Her goal is to make each a statement of a moment in time, with nature providing the light, color and movement. She hopes each convey some of the excitement she felt while painting.
Cynthia's portraits and commissions are done from life, whenever possible, or in the studio using photographic reference and color studies. Capturing her model's likeness and a sense of the person are her primary objectives.
"The contrast between light and shadow in a scene is what draws me to it, compels me to look closer and try to capture the excitement and mood."
Cynthia is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and has an MBA from Santa Clara University. She is the mother of three sons and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband.
Pastel Society of the West Coast - Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
California Art Club
Santa Cruz Oil Painters
Exhibitions and Honors
2022 Greater Bay Area Open, NUMU, Honorable Mention
California Art Club, Welcome to California, Online Exhibition
2020 Santa Cruz Art League 90th Statewide Landscape Exhibition, Second Place Award Santa Cruz, CA
2019 Pastel Society of the West Coast 32nd Intl Open Juried Exhibition,Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2017 Santa Cruz Art League - The Figure Contemporary, National Exhibition
2016 Pastel Society of the West Coast, Pastels USA, International Exhibition
2016 Sierra Pastel Society, International Pastels on High, Best of Show
2016 28th Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, International Association
of Pastel Societies, NYC
2016 Santa Cruz Art League 86th Annual California Statewide Land and Sea Exhibit, Santa Cruz
2016 Pastel Society of the West Coast Juried Online Membership Exhibition
2015 UART Online Exhibition
2015 New Museum Los Gatos Juried Exhibition
2015 Pastel Society of West Coast Membership Show
2014 Pastel Society of West Coast 28th Intl Juried Exhibit Airfloat Systems Award
2014 The Forum, Cupertino, Solo Show, People and Places
2014 Santa Cruz County Bank, Rhythms of Still Life, Group Show
2013 Chicago Pastel Painters National
2012 Pastel Society of the West Coast
Third Place Award
2010 Los Gatos Art Association Honorable Mention
2009 Chicago Pastel Painters National North Carolina Pastel Society Award
2009 Pastel Society of the West Coast Intl., Triton Museum, CA
2008 Pastel Society of West Coast Intl., Haggin Museum, CA
2008 Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 112th Annual Open, New York
2008 A Breath of Plein Air, Pasetta House, History Park, San Jose, CA
2007 Los Gatos Art Association Honorable Mention
2007 Pastel Society of the West Coast, Auburn, CA
2005 Los Gatos Art Association Second Place Award
2004 Los Gatos Art Association Honorable Mention
2004 Commissioned by Sierra Madre, CA to design Wisteria Festival poster
2003 Gilroy Garlic poster finalist, Gilroy, CA
2003 Los Gatos Art Association
2003 Images of Filoli, Woodside, CA
2002 Images of Filoli, Woodside, CA
Third Place Award