Raised in South Bend, Indiana, Cindy resides in Rhode Island as a full-time artist where she conducts workshops and gives private lessons in both watercolor and oils. She is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the Oil Painters of America and the Salmagundi Club.
Cindy developed an interest in art as a child. Her artistic background in drawing led her to watercolors and eventually to oils. She discovered that one medium enabled her to grow in the other and vice versa. One of the most asked questions she receives is, “When working on a painting, how do you choose what medium you want to use?” Her response is always, “Nature chooses it for me. I am blessed to see landscapes in two mediums. When on location, I can feel the movement a watercolor can give with its easy flowing and entwining colors, like a foggy morning, or a crashing wave and yet some scenes call for the intensity, depth and lust that only oils can give. Some say you need to concentrate on just one medium, but I believe that if you are passionate and daring as you create, and see the world through many eyes, your choice of medium will naturally evolve.”
A lot of credit is given to one of Cindy’s former art teachers who took an interest in her work. She has never forgotten how he often told her, “There is no such word as can’t”. One of her early interests was portraiture, which she still loves and when an interesting subject is found she does not hesitate to introduce herself and begin painting. She uses her studies for many of the classes she teaches. She has traveled extensively and spent a great deal of time on the east coast where the Maine landscape is an etched road map in her mind. She finds it is impossible to paint a landscape unless she has experienced the scene, to study and take in the atmosphere and committing to memory what she wants to portray on paper. Her camera, sketch book and easel are her tools on location.
Cindy’s paintings reflect the beauty that can be found in nature. She can capture beauty in a blustering storm or the tranquil air of everyday places just by seeing and studying the colors around her. Her portraitures relay a story of human life as though they were family and friends. The versatility in her subjects is a reflection of her passion to create.
Besides being highly sought after as an instructor, with many prestigious awards in both watercolor and oils, Cindy’s work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world including NIKE and The National Museum of Wildlife. Recently she won the Judges Choice Award in the Arts for the Parks National Show and her work traveled with the American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Show. Plus, she has been in many publications including: Plein Air Magizine, Artist Profile, 2014; Western Art Collector 2014; Art Collector 2009 – 2013; Fine Art Connoisseur 2012, Coastal Life Magazine 2009, Homestead, Jackson Hole Wyoming 2009, the Artist Magazine 1995 & 1999.