Here's the catch: although well versed in traditional media, Cynthia has been working mostly digitally. Its the preferred method these days, allowing innumerable amounts of editing and cutting down drastically on the time to create a piece for publication. She is proficient in digital painting and her results are just as painterly as an actual oil painting. But, as many artists lament, "its just not the same". The ritual of oil painting is a multisensual, zen practice and I know more than just a few artists that pine for the Good Ol' Days of sitting at an easel, palette in hand, laying down dabs of paint on a springloaded brush.
|The Ritual of Dreaming I|
Working a full time job and oil painting was a challenge, but Cynthia rose up to it. The result is a body of work rich in metaphor, expertly executed, both simple in composition but complex in meaning.
|The Ritual of Haunting|
|The Ritual of Remembering|
|The Ritual of Keeping|
"Rituals: The Art of Sara Winters and Cynthia Sheppard" runs through June 4th, 2016.