Cynthia Barnes

644 Baker St, Longmont, CO 80501
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In my life, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and live in many different U.S. states and foreign countries (Italy, Turkey, Ghana, West Africa, New York City, Chicago, Miami and more!) No matter where I have lived, I have always been intrigued by the people I meet. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I love to paint portraits. I am so interested in faces that tell stories. I have been creating portraits since I was a small child and have never stopped. Yes, portraits are about the likeness of a person, but there can be so much more. What is the difference between a boring portrait and a dynamic one? I have been trying to figure that out for a lifetime!

Still lives are another constant in my artistic repertoire. To me, a pear, for instance, is like a human figure. It has curves, blemishes, dimples, and scars. The skin of a pear holds and reflects colors. I enjoy musing about the relationship of still life objects to each other just as one would figures in a composition.  

Lately, I have been focusing on pet portraits. I am loving and drawn to painting and expressing texture right now. Sometimes I create the texture with the paint and brushstrokes visually and sometimes I use found wood and utilize the existing texture of the substrate with the painting. I love it when I can paint an animal with crazy hair sticking out all over! I particularly love trying to get the eyes just right. Sometimes if you can get the eyes, just right, it’s like seeing into the soul of the sitter, whether it is a human or a pet!

Painting/Watercolor/Acrylic, Drawing

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