In working with oil paints, Reid uses a palette knife technique to juxtapose complementary, vibrant colors that recreate the joy, beauty, and textures of the natural world. She believes that painting is about trusting her intuition and the process, while being open to the unpredictable.
Cynthia Reid left a successful career as a physician to pursue a passion for painting that had consistently increased while she was practicing medicine. Her interest in art began when she was young and painted with her paternal grandparents, both of whom were oil painters. An avid gardener, Reid lives in Tucson, where she enjoys the lush Sonoran Desert with her sweet studio dog, Poppy, and her husband, John.
Reid was chosen as a 2012 Emerging Artist by Phoenix Home and Garden and is featured in the 2014 book Contemporary Art of the Southwest, by E. Ashley Rooney and Julie Sasse.
I paint because I have a passion for expressing the beauty of the natural world. Using a palette knife and oil paints allows me to capture that beauty by recreating nature's varying textures, color, and movement. These three elements are seen in my recent works — bold sunflowers, vibrant poppies, dancing irises, and waterscapes.
My intention is that each painting allows the viewer to enjoy a sense of being in a particular place. I believe that the viewer completes every work of art and want my paintings to start a conversation.