Visual Arts; Visual Arts: Illustration; Visual Arts: Other; Visual Arts: Painting
Artist and Instructor Cynthia Pierson:
Cynthia Pierson attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and was as an Art Director and Illustrator for several national children’s magazines in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has designed theater sets, theatrical costumes, painted murals, and painted commissioned portrait work. She loves painting in pastel and watercolor. Many of her works are in private collections. Cynthia has been a resident of St Augustine since 2005. Most recently she has provided illustrations for children’s books of two different authors. Cynthia gives classes and workshops, in Pastel and watercolor. She also gives private lessons. An active member of the St. Augustine Artists association, she also is the Past President of the First Coast Pastel Society, a member of The Portrait Society of America, the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra and the Pastel Society of North Florida. Cynthia is also a juried member of the Pastel Society of America. She enjoys participating in Juried Shows and at the St Augustine Art Association Figures & Faces show, has received the Ann James Memorial Award for Outstanding Pastel Portrait in 2015 and 2016 and Best in Show in 2017. Since entering juried exhibits, Ms. Pierson has received accolades for many of her works in pastel as well as watercolor. Her art can be seen at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra, in the St Augustine Art Association and other venues.
I like to work in Watercolor, but I love to work in pastel. Because there are no brushes or other instruments between me and the color – just grab a stick of pure pigment – it is exhilarating!
I feel I have never not been an artist. I make art because It gives me so much joy. It excites me to think I can create something new. Sounds trite, but that’s it.
The most challenging aspect about being an artist is finding a place, in your home, in your community, in your life – to find your space. I find that I need to paint every day – even if just for 15 minutes. When I come to the end of a painting, add my signature and install the piece, I hope to take the viewer inside the painting – to make them wonder.
Partial List of Works in Juried Exhibits:
Red Marsh – St Augustine Art Association 2017 Miniature Marks Show – Honorable Mention
Max In Clover – FCPS 2016 – Best in Show and People’s Choice Award
Max In Clover – Pastel Society of North Florida 2016 National Exhibition – 4th Place
In the Shade – St. Augustine Art Association 2016 Honors Show – Honorable Mention
Judy in the Sun w/Glasses – 2016 Figures & Faces – Ann James Memorial Award, Best Pastel Portrait
Young Man on the Verge – FCPS non-juried JCA Exhibit – People’s Choice Award
Ximenez Fatio House – FCPS 2015 – Merit Award
Handyman – FCPS 2015 – People’s Choice Award
Dark Shadows – Pastel Society of North Florida 2014 National Exhibition – Honorable Mention
Handyman – 2015 Figures & Faces – Ann James Memorial Award for Best Pastel Portrait
Poet at Rest – The Northport Arts Center 2015 Pastel Exhibition Honorable Mention
Bird & Berries – Gemski 2014 Workshop Exhibition – Best In Show
Poet at Rest – St. Augustine Art Association 2014 Fall Member’s Show – Honorable Mention
Twenty-two works in the 2018 Curatorial Choice Exhibit at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – July 13 – August 11, 2018. This exhibition features works by three artist members chosen by the curatorial committee from the exhibiting artists in Celebrate Art 2017, an annual juried exhibition for Artist Members known as JAME. Curatorial Choice is an annual show for artist members of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Admission to the exhibition is free. Works will be available for purchase starting opening night to July 13.
Fifty-four works at the Jewish Community Alliance Gallery Hall – single artist show, October 2017.