In Cynthia Reid’s newest works, color, shape, and texture are key elements. Her birds, florals, bird nests, cottages, landscapes, and garden vignettes provide a contemporary take on traditional subject matter. In painting her flowers and birds, she takes a whimsical approach and uses a sunny palette of colors. “These paintings are intended to evoke joy and portray the inherent beauty of the natural world,” says Reid.
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.