Cindy grew up in Rhode Island on the shores of Mt. Hope Bay where she was influenced by her mother, a natural history teacher and photographer. She attended the University of Maine receiving a degree in Wildlife Biology.
Without formal training, she began her career as an illustrator, working on numerous bird books including the waterfowl section of the National Geographic’s Field Guide to Birds of North America and the Peterson Field Guide to Warblers. From illustration, she moved to landscape painting using pastels but still incorporating birds into her work.
Her paintings have been accepted in the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum more than twenty times. Her work has been featured in solo shows at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Museum of American Bird Art. Her work is in numerous galleries and collections. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists and a Member of the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Some of the awards for her work include the Prix de Pastel from the International Association of Pastel Societies; Jack Richeson & Co. Silver Award; Pastel Society of America, twice winner of the First Place, Landscape, Pastel 100 Competition; The Pastel Journal, Western Art Collector magazine Editor’s Choice Award; Art and the Animal Exhibition, Society of Animal Artists; Silver Medal, Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Guild of Boston Artists and the Environmental Wildlife Award at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 2016 International Marine Art Exhibition.
Cindy and husband, Eric Derleth, a wildlife biologist, live in New Hampshire.