The visual arts have always been a huge part of my upbringing and surroundings. The Detroit Institute of Arts was my “other” school. Drawn to Diego Rivera’s towering industrial murals, sketching within the intimate galleries of other great masters’ work (I was in love with Rembrandt anything), to Louise Nevelson’s installations within the DIA. Such special memories.
These extracurricular educational jaunts led to the Cranbrook Institute in Birmingham, MI for more inspiration, Cass Technical HS, Wayne State University, and other evocative, provocative and intensely creative times in the Metro Detroit area. Needless to say, the 24/7 atmosphere of incredible music, performing arts, the imposing presence of the Automotive Gods with innovative engineering, design, marketing, interning with GM/Fisher Body Engineers, and much more was within grasp. I was very fortunate to grow up within these surroundings.
Always drawn to oils, watercolors, pen and pencil drawings, pastels…any art form I could utilize during these formative years, influence my process to this day. I have been able to paint en plein air and learn at the easel, with amazing Artists/Instructors such as Joe Lombardo, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Waltham Studio Artists, Teresa Oaxaca, Michael Chesley Johnson, Kat Ring and Joshua Been. This ever-continuing education is wonderful, frustrating, immensely satisfying and with a great sense of gratitude, I continue to explore, stretch and grow.
Recent Exhibits/Shows include:
McConnell Center for the Arts, Worthington Ohio, 2016 – 2017
High Road Gallery, Worthington, Ohio, 2017
Red Stable Gallery, Columbus (German Village), Ohio, 2017 – 2018
Riverview Artists, Marietta, Ohio, 2018
Park View Gallery/Within the Hive, Marietta, Ohio, 2018 – 2020
Juried in Shows: Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition (2018)
Springfield Museum of Art (Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) Farm Life Exhibit 2018-2019
Art at The Arnold (3 days live figurative artworks) – March 2019-2020
Bryn Du Mansion 15th Annual Art Exhibit – March 2019-2020
Women of Appalachia – Traveling Exhibit – 2015
Ohio University – Chillicothe Campus – Faculty Art Show
Portraits and Plein Air works in private collections, USA – France
Ohio Plein Air Society, Women Artists of America, GCAC, Ohio Art League
Chillicothe Art League
Cynthia L. Davis, Artist