The Artist

Born in Moline, IL, Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson received a BFA in painting and drawing from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) followed by an MFA in printmaking at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN). Upon graduation she was employed as the intaglio printer with Vermillion Editions in Minneapolis. Her work was represented by the Peter M. David Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. She also taught painting, drawing and printmaking at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, MN.

The Works

Starkweather-Nelson’s works explore the intricacies of natural forms she studies in various environments. Taking time to pause and investigate these forms closely she then builds her images with layers of glazing until the sense of inter-connectedness in nature becomes apparent to the viewer. Her “Waterscapes” began with images conceived and created from her studio in northern WI. Following recent travels; she is now working on new sets of series including “Portland Coast”, “Desert Southwest”, and “Crex Meadows".

Cynthia uses acrylic glazing, fluid and heavy body media, graphite, and pastels to create her paintings, drawings, and prints on paper and canvas. She maintains studios in WI, and AZ.