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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Cynthia M Feustel

Cynthia Feustel is best known for expressing inner beauty, hope and strength of the human spirit, particularly that of women, through her color choices, brushwork and dynamic use of light. Her sensitive portrayal of her subjects showcases her ability to capture the profound and quiet reflection of a single moment in time.

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Cynthia Feustel was not exposed to the culture of the fine arts. But even without museums and galleries as inspiration, she heard the calling from the artist within. It wasn’t until she attended Penn State University that she really started to believe she could become an artist. Regarding this revelation, she says, "I had taken several art classes, and at my final portfolio review the instructor told me my progress was phenomenal. That one word changed my career path." Eager to focus solely on art, she transferred to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as a fashion illustration major, from where she would later graduate with honors. The Art Institute provided her with the frequent experience of working from a live model. Even then the idea of drawing the human form was intriguing to her. What she learned about anatomy and how the figure moves created a foundational basis for her later portrait and figurative works. Largely self-taught and fueled by the belief that one should never stop learning, she continues the quest for artistic growth and development.

Cynthia began working as a professional commissioned portrait artist in 2000. Two years later she opened her own studio, Feustel Fine Arts Center, where she painted full time and taught classes and workshops year round. In 2009, Cynthia and her husband moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado into their dream home in the foothills of the Front Range. Here in her new haven, she found an unprecedented sense of tranquility and the momentum to paint prolifically. The move kicked off a journey to define herself and her work. Still showcasing her craftsmanship as a portrait artist, she combines two complimentary tools, the technical accuracy of realism, and the painterly abandon of abstraction to create a sense of emotion and atmosphere in her figurative work.

With this new focus, Cynthia has received recognition both nationally and internationally. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. in gallery, museum and invitational exhibitions such as the Butler Institute of American Art, The Salon International Exhibitions and the Oil Painter’s of America National and Regional Exhibitions. Publications of her works have been included in International Artist Magazine, “Inspiring Figures” Museum Catalogue (Butler Institute of American Art) and the International 2010-11 ARC Salon Catalogue. She is currently represented by Turpin Gallery in Jackson, WY.

Recent Awards

Finalist, International Artist Magazine Competition, Dec 2011
Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition
Finalist in the Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center International 2010/2011 ARC Salon
Honorable Mention, The Artist’s Magazine, All-Media Online Competition

Top 50 Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine (21 over 31), November 2010
Finalist, Fine Art Views (Bold Brush), November 2010
Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, November 2010
Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, October 2010
Honors Award, Inspiring Figures, Butler Institute of American Art, Sept 2010
Finalist, International Artist Magazine Competition, August 2010
Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, June 2010

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