Cynthia Davis Biography

Cynthia Davis. “A life long love of art and painting” My love of art stems from my early childhood. The sight of a stubby pencil, some crayons and scraps of paper and I would be ecstatically drawing for hours. From childhood through adulthood, my attitude towards art matured and, during the 1960’s, when my young family were growing up, I found a book in the local library which contained works of art hanging in the Uffizi and the Pitti galleries in Italy…Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael sent me on my artistic journey.  During the 1980’s-1990’s, I studied portraiture, life drawing and The History of Art at college. Included in the studies was Renaissance art. Our visits to the art galleries, contemplating Caravaggio, Titian and Turner has had a lasting effect on the way I to paint to this day. Drawing technique in Albrecht Durer and the subtle portraiture of Rembrandt influence my brush. The flesh tones and gorgeous colours of Peter Paul Rubens are inspirational for all students. In study, I devoured the impressionist works. The living Cezanne, Monet, Manet and Degas permeate my thinking. Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin, worlds apart at first glance, for me, build layers of connected visual ideas and have become indispensible examples of how I approach art projects. The works of John Ruskin and John Singer Sargent add depth to the construction of a work. My study of Japanese print master, Suzuki Harunobu’s with his simple lines altered perspective are avenues for my reinterpretation of the familiar. Site by IIJ. | ArtCynthia 2010