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North Carolina artist Cynthia Wilson says that although she paints from nature, there is a certain point when the painting becomes something other than a representation of what she sees. The colors she uses are borrowed from the subjects she paints, which are translated into impressions and explorations of light. Some days the light is subdued and the shadows soft, while on others, the sunlight dancing on the leaves is crisp, clear, and glowing.
Cynthia says, “Once I have an idea and begin to paint, the work takes on a life of its own. It reflects my emotions, my observations, and my experience as an artist. Lately, there has been a sense of urgency in my work, and I want to capture every moment. I feel that we are losing touch with nature and, maybe through my paintings, someone might begin to see how important it is to preserve this beautiful place we inhabit on planet earth.”
About Cynthia Wilson
Cynthia received a BFA in Visual Design from Auburn University and worked in advertising for 15 years as an art director, illustrator, and graphic designer. After too many career-related moves, she decided to pursue her love of painting full-time. After moving to the Northeast, she built credibility as an artist, getting juried into several New York City art shows and becoming a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and the National Association of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. Her big break came when her work was selected for the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibition. This opened many doors, including opportunities to be involved in traveling exhibitions and invitations to have one-person shows.
In 2018, Pardee Cancer Center in Hendersonville purchased three of Cynthia’s paintings, which was extremely meaningful to her as a cancer survivor. Her paintings are also a part of the permanent collections at Fairfield University, Georgia Tech, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and Wachovia Bank, among others.
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