“I am compelled by the astonishing beauty and curiosity of Maine’s seeming constants coupled with its swift changing atmosphere. I am stopped in my tracks by a road, a coastline, a marsh, a single leaf, a chance conversation, a singer at the county fair, an ice cream stand, an approaching storm with its beeping weather warning on the radio. It is a moment of deep familiarity beyond the thing itself, a universal. It can be amusing, inspiring or even disturbing, startling. The moment is visceral, instinctive and unencumbered by my presence or anything I might attempt to layer on top of it. The paintings are my way of communicating this extraordinary experience. “
Cynthia Brown attended her first drawing class at the Cleveland Museum of Art at age seven; however her professional debut into the arts was as a performer. After receiving her BA from Ohio University she had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Europe with regional theaters and touring productions. Lured by the prospect of continuing her theatrical studies with Uta Hagen, Ms. Brown settled in New York City. She also resumed her studies of the fine arts beginning with a life drawing class taught by Marshal Glazier at the Art Students League. By 1990, during a trip to Paris, France she came full-circle and decided to devote herself full-time to painting. Returning again to New York City she studied with Morton Kaish at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Dominick Guida, an artist in oils and watercolor. She also attended painting classes at The Art Students League and the National Academy. Over the last 10 years Cynthia has explored the eastern seaboard and now shares a home with Stephen Nutting, a fine cabinet maker, in Brownfield, Maine.
Her award-winning work is represented in the corporate collections of Bloomingdales; Peter Luger’s in New York City; Rohleder GmbH in Germany; Heberlein Textildruck in Switzerland; and The Buenos Aires Trust Company, as well as in private collections in the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America.