Cindy began her art studies at St. Peter’s College in Muenster. In 1982 she studied at Red Deer College where she gained intensive experience in drawing, painting, visual fundamentals, ceramics, and sculpture and art history. Cindy completed her BFA at the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in drawing and painting, receiving the Most Distinguished Exhibition Award. It was during this time that she was introduced to the formalist approach to painting and was influenced by her professors Robert Christie and Otto Rodgers. Due to her love of family and the prairies she resides in Saskatchewan and presently paints in her backyard studio in Saskatoon.
Humboldt, Saskatchewan , December 14, 1962
Resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1985 - April - B.F.A. Exhibition", Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
The Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Unlikely Source of Paintings Furnishes Beauty
September 7, 2011
By Marsh Day
University of Saskatchewan
Private collections in Canada and the United States
My work gives recognition to the spaces that form my experience throughout the prairie seasons. I am intrigued by the negative spaces in the environment, those spaces that are defined by natural and man-made objects. I have been influenced and trained by formalist painters and their emphasis on colour, line, light and texture.
Making art is a process of exploration and discovery. When preparing the work I spontaneously apply medium and paint, creating chaos and struggle which keeps the work authentic. The process invites new possibilities and frames the sensitivity to light, colour, line and texture. The negative spaces hold individual stories or significant ideas, paintings unto themselves. The challenge is to ensure that these individual spaces exist as a whole. It is a process of giving recognition to these spaces, searching for balance in chaos, seeking relationships between the lines, textures and overlapping colour planes.
The familiar themes engage the viewer and invite them to linger, enticing them to move closer to the canvas in search of stories within the layers of paint. The work creates a relationship between representation and abstraction, that plays with the viewers expectations and allows them to experience both genres.
is allowing yourself to make mistakes; Art is knowing which ones to keep.”