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Cynthia Reid

“I believe that the viewer completes every work of art, and I want my paintings to start a conversation.”


Price range: $500 to $4,400


Cynthia Reid left a successful career as a physician in North Carolina to pursue a passion for painting that had begun in earnest while she was practicing medicine. It followed a childhood spent painting with her paternal grandparents, both oil painters. For Cynthia Reid, oil paints and her own palette knife technique help her capture an appreciation of the patterns of nature as well as the textures of the land.

Reid juxtaposes complementary, vibrant colors to recreate the joy and beauty of the natural world, with special emphasis on the shifting of light and shadow. Her inspiration comes from the endless variety of colors and shapes found in nature as well as from man-made objects that Reid, at times, seamlessly integrates into landscapes.

In her style Cynthia Reid incorporates elements of both Expressionistic and Impressionistic traditions, although it also suggests the work of Postimpressionistic painters such as Van Gogh and Cezanne. Despite these affinities, Reid's goal always is to use her palette knife to produce paintings with her own distinctive look and feel - one for which she is becoming increasingly known. Cynthia Reid believes that painting is about trusting her intuition and the process, while being open to the unpredictable. Her contemporary impressionist style keeps mystery in the painting.

Traveling and painting throughout the West, Cynthia Reid gets a special feeling from the region's mountains and deserts. Much of her work, especially landscapes featuring poppy and lavender fields, reflects memories of her travels to Provence and the Loire Valley in France. “My intention is that each painting allows the viewer to enjoy the warmth and comfort of being in a particular place,” Cynthia Reid says. “I believe that the viewer completes every work of art, and I want my paintings to start a conversation.”

Cynthia Reid, who has studied with Kevin MacPherson and Diane Ainsworth, won first place as an emerging artist in the 2003 juried Members Show at the Sedona Arts Center and she was one of six artists in the 2005 Sedona Artist Invitational at the Sedona Arts Festival. In addition, Cynthia Reid was an invited artist at the 2006 Marilyn Sunderman Foundation "Color the Night Paris" event and is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America. Her work can be seen in the 2014 book Contemporary Art of the Southwest by E. Ashley Rooney and Julie Sasse.