The Artist

Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson has an extensive background in painting, drawing and printmaking. She utilizes each of these disciplines as needed in her artwork mainly using paper as a substrate and medium.

Her works on paper have been exhibited nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions over the years including “New American Paperworks” sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. Her paintings drawings and prints are also included in numerous private and corporate collections.

Cynthia is a member of the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM) and Project Art for Nature (PAN). She received a BFA in painting and drawing from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. She taught art at Saint Thomas Academy for thirteen years before returning to the studio fulltime.

The Works

Water is an essential subject matter in the current work. With invaluable time available to meditate and reflect – the work takes on an introspective atmosphere. Images gathered from waterscapes found on a lake in northern Wisconsin are developed into paintings, drawings and prints. What compels Cynthia to the subject is the beauty, subtlety, and mystery found in closer examination of the digital images. She gains a deeper understanding of the complexities found within the waters explored. Working on this series has allowed her to examine in depth what is not immediately visible but is captured instantly by the camera. Sometimes there are pleasant surprises in the compositions captured, the play of light, depth of surface, richness of color the active world under the surface. These images are metaphor for the richness and complexity of the human spirit Cynthia hopes to convey to the viewer.