|My love of color inspires me to paint and whenever I travel, I am frequently drawn by flowers - they intrigue me.
In my work I explore flowers. I love looking into them and discovering their souls, their personalities. From there it's finding a wide variety of emotions that they awaken in people. We all relate different emotions with various flowers. Flowers can bring a flood of memories or represent a mood, seasons, special events or holidays. Their colours trigger an emotional response in us, or perhaps an appreciation for their beauty.
Combining a strong colour element and a loose realistic style, I strive to capture the essence of what each flower strikes emotionally within me. It may be exploring them up close or in a somewhat abstract manner. Or perhaps its delving into their environment, where they exist. Preservation and documentation of Wild Flowers has often become a focus for my work. And sometimes I just want to capture their beauty. Whatever the subject, I hope the viewer finds some insight and is moved to experience their own unique feelings.
|Alberta Rose Hips #4
|15 x 11 Inches Watercolour
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Selected Solo Exhibitions
April-May, 2001 - "Flower Power IV " - Manulife Place East, Edmonton
April-May, 2000 - "Petal into Spring" - Pacif'ic Gallery, Saskatoon
Oct-Nov, 1999 - "Flower Power III" - Manulife Place East, Edmonton
April 1998 - Recent Work - Generations Gallery, Edmonton
Mar-April, 1997 - "A Breath of Spring" - Special-T Gallery, Edmonton
Sept-Nov, 1996 - "Flowers" - Rowles & Company, The Cavery/Westin Hotel, Edmonton
Selected Group Exhibitions
May 2003 - Captured in Colour - 2 person show at Scott Gallery, Edmonton
Sept 2002 - What We Do Best - ASA Juried Show, Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton
2001-2003 - Blooming Prairie - AFA Traveling Exhibition, Various Public Venues, Alberta
Oct-Nov, 2000 - Open Water - 75th Annual Juried Exhibition of the CSPWC - John B. Arid Gallery, Toronto
2000 - 2002 - Bridging a New Century - ASA Juried Travelling Exhibition - Variuos Public Galleries, Alberta
Jan-Mar 2000 - Into The Garden, Again! - Juried Group Show - Red Deer and District Museum, Red Deer
Feb-Mar, 1999 - ASA Juried Group Show - Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton
April-May, 1998 - ASA Juried Group Show - Awakening Souls To Art - Special-T Gallery, Edmonton
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Alberta Treasury Branches
City of Spruce Grove, AB
J.S. Wood Public Library, Saskatoon, SK
Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Regina, SK
Town of Stony Plain, AB
University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton,AB
Cindy was born and raised in Spuce Grove, Alberta. A desire to travel and experience life abroad has taken her throughout the South Pacific, Greece, Italy, Great Britain, as well as many locations in Canada and the US. Cindy resided in Sydney, Australia for two years and in 1987 Cindy and her husband returned to Spruce Grove. In recent years they have spent the summer months enjoying nature at their country retreat, where natural land protection and preservation is a focus.
Even at an early age Cindy loved art and started oil painting classes at age 12. Finally in 1991, after several years of secretarial work, she decided to pursue art as a full-time career. Cindy is self-taught, and has supplemented her development with University of Alberta extention courses and numerous workshops.
Cindy moved from oils to concentrate on watercolour. This medium lends itself to the loose realistic style she finds perfect to enhance her expressive and vibrant work. Recently Cindy has also been creating her work in acrylics - adding another dimension to the vibrancy and strength of the flowers and their landscapes. Whatever the medium or subject she is inspired by the endless kaleidoscope of nature's colours and beauty.
Cindy is also very active in the arts community and currently serves as the Alberta Society of Artists Exhibition Councillor 1996-2000. She served as Membership Chair from 1994-97 with the Federation of Canadian Artists, Edmonton Branch as well as on the executive of the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove from 1991-94 and 1997-99. She currently teaches classes and workshops at Metro Community Collage and Artra in Edmonton, the AAC in Spruce Grove and various communities in Alberta.
Scott Gallery - Edmonton, Alberta
Candler Art Gallery - Camrose, Alberta
The Little Church Gallery - Spruce Grove, Alberta
Pacif'ic Gallery - Saskatoon, Sakatchewan
Gallery on the Lake - Waskesiu, Saskatchewan
The Alberta Society of Artists
Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove
AFCA - Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists 1996-1997
"Alberta Society of Artists, the First Seventy Years" - History Book 2000
Painting, "Sunshine III" selected for 1998 Edmonton Transit Bus Pass Art Program
Paintings selected for the 1998 & 1997 FEESA Calendars