About the artist

Cynthia with her son Victor the IV at 2017 Bay Area 10 Art Show Reception in South Tampa.

I was born a USAF military brat in Bremerhaven, Germany but have lived in the Tampa Bay area most of my life after my father left the military. I went to Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg and attained my Bachelor’s in Art Studio from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 2006.

In 2012, I began to etch glass using hand-cut and painted stencils, completing multiple commissions in the process. My etchings resulted from the negative space of the stencils themselves: undulating lines, patterns and figures against clear, colored and textured glass. After the birth of my only son in 2016, I left my full-time job of 10 years with Valpak to pursue art full-time.

Much of my work focuses on using symbolism to retell stories of my life. I paint with limited acrylic palettes and mix in textures to add depth and emphasis to my scenes and their symbols. I am currently working on my Cancer series to talk about my family's past experiences with Cancer. I am a childhood cancer survivor and my father passed from Lung Cancer in 2016 (before my son was born) so it very much permeates my life. Much of the work is a reflection on how we remembered the stress, fear of death, loss and the differences between child and adult memories of the same experiences.

It is my goal to use the sales from the glass etchings to support the production and exhibition of the Cancer series. In the future, I want to include other's stories about Cancer alongside my own. I intend to donate a percentage of proceeds raised from the Cancer series to fund cancer research and provide assistance to families going through treatment and or loss.