+1 ::: Why
are you an artist Cyn?
just drawn that way. My Mother swears
that I was doing murals inutero. I drew
compulsively from a very young age.
Images have been my natural language
as long as I can remember. I think in
pictures not words, creating being an
obsession rather than a choice. An artist
is who I am rather than what I am. To
be anything else would go against my
very nature. But, I would like to be
Queen some day.
::: Could you tell me some more about
in a neoclassical style. My unusual
technique is a result of being exclusive
self trained, lots of trial and error,
half my life spent in museums and libraries.
My stories are very intimate and autobiographical.
I process my life and emotions through
my work. The themes are female dominant
as that is the only perspective I know.
Reoccuring iconography, symbols and
personal myths are the foundation my
work rests on.
+3 ::: Your
paintings convey a lot of strong emotions.
Some of the figures in your works seem
to be isolated, meloncholy, or contemplating
some deep mystery. Could you talk a
little about these emotions and how/why
they come about?
is how I process and deal with emotion.
What I am feeling is what I paint. I
paint in a meditative state which explains
the introspective demeanor of many of
my figures. These emotions are a binding
human force....that is what connects
with the viewer. The details of the
story become personal once the emotion
has been triggered. The power of Art.
When people meet me after knowing my
work they are invariable surprised.
They expect a dark, brooding, serious
woman dressed in all black. What they
find is more of a cartoon. I have been
asked a million times...."Why is
your work so serious when you laugh
all of the time?"
My answer............"That is exactly
::: What artists have influenced you
Love was Leonardo DaVinci*.
I read his biography when I was a little
girl becoming riveted and inspired by
his diverse genuis. I still get goosebumps
when I think of him. The list of artists
I admire is vast, Carrevaggio*,
Elizabeth Le Brun*,
and on. The consistent pull for me is
technical excellence and passion and
individuality.....which are precisely
the qualities I strive for in my own
::: What do you do for fun (besides
thing is that I always have fun. I am
one of those loonies that finds joy
in everything....even when I am completely
miserable I am having a good time riding
the emotional roller coaster. My children
are great fun, we play and dance stupid.
I have many many addictions...all of
which I adore. Travel, wine, sex, shoes,
animals, shopping, sex (not with animals)
dance, yoga, sex, books, exercise, everything
about presents (giving and getting,
wrapping, opening, shopping and creating).
Everything is FUN!
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
inspiration and motivation isn't one
of those things that I have ever had
trouble with. The whole creative block
thing dosn't compute. The closest I
experience to a block is those days
when no matter what you do.....everything
comes out crap. When I was younger I
would allow the frustration to compound
the problem, banging away all day determined
to make it work, which of course it
never would. Now when that happens,
I just walk away, read a book, open
a bottle of wine, call a friend.....anything
but paint. Some days it's magic, somedays
it's crap....that was a hard lesson
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
and ineptly, like a surgeon wearing
mittens. Treating Art as a business
is probably the bane of most artists
existence. It certainly is for me. When
I did portraits and murals it was easy,
I was providing a service for a set
amount of money. A business arrangement
between me and a client. Now I am selling
chunks of my soul through dealers and
galleries which is an entirely different
matter. How much are chunks of your
soul worth? A very prickly question
without a concrete answer.
::: Where do you see youself in 10 years?
to become a vagabond painter. Residing
in a different city every year. Aside
from this romantic notion of travel,
I try not to make too many projections
for the future. Spontaneity is a good
color for me.
::: Your techniques and style are very
classical. Do you ever wander from this
traditional path and experiment with
very strongly that every artist has
their own individual dialect. To tell
my story in another dialect would be
disgenuine. No, other styles don't interest
::: What are your latest works about
and where are you going with them?
of late has been by far my boldest.
I am dealing with intense aspects of
life and transition. Birth, Death, Aging,
letting the current take us gracefully.
Not easy stuff.
::: What advice would you give to an
artist just starting out?
an artist is wearing cruel shoes and