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Cynthia Reid: 2012 Emerging Artist

Author: Susan Regan
Issue: March, 2012, Page 82
Cynthia Reid


What is your art background?
Painting and drawing as a child with my paternal grandparents planted the seed for a love of art. Throughout college, medical school, residency and my career in medicine, I continued to practice and take classes and workshops in various art mediums. Several years ago, I left a pathology practice and pursued my passion for art, specifically oil painting.

What inspires you?
Being an avid gardener, I get inspired by gardens, landscapes and waterscapes, as well as old or historic buildings. I often paint vignettes, which are partial views of a larger scene that can be imagined by the observer. Travels throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as trips to France, have inspired my paintings of poppy fields, ponds, window boxes and pastoral fields.

What is your most significant art-related achievement?
I am most fortunate to have developed strong connections with collectors and galleries. These relationships have been very meaningful to me, both in terms of my development as an artist and the reward of others appreciating my work. I am entering my ninth year with Lanning Gallery in Sedona, and visiting with collectors there during a recent solo show was deeply fulfilling.

What do you love most about your medium?
I am enthusiastic about color and texture, and working in oil paints with a palette knife gives my work a desired combination of high chroma and dimension. Painting in layers on canvases or panels provides a distinctive depth to many of the scenes. Often, I leave some areas less resolved to allow for the viewer’s participation and interpretation.

What’s on the horizon?
The future includes painting a body of work centering on gardens and courtyards—my own, those of my friends, and those I find on garden tours and travels. I also would like to capture more of the Southwest, with its graphic shapes, striking minimalism, and distinctive colors and light.

Clockwise from top left: Beautiful Day, oil on canvas, 30"H x 40"W • Late Morning Light, oil on panel, 12"H x 12"W • Aspen Light, oil on canvas, 20"H x 16"W • Morning Light, oil on panel, 12"H x 16"W

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