Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Chartièr. Originally from the Northshore of Boston, Cynthia began studying fine art when she was eight years old. Her career as an artist started while working as a receptionist at an architects office. One warm summer night while having dinner at a cafe Cynthia was introduced to the cast of actors from the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach after they finished a performance. The experience was so exhilarating the idea of working in theatre became inescapable. The synchronicity was amazing because the very next day when she called the theatre to see if it was possible to schedule an interview, John Lane the Producer just happened to pick up the phone which never happens. He was about to call New York to hire a scenic artist. After the interview Cynthia was hired on a trial basis since she had no experience in theatre and only her portfolio to back her up. She learned from the designers how to paint sets and 40 ft drops. Her next move was to Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre which is what inspired her to became a narrative artist. She realized while painting the sets for the musicals and dramatic plays that the art of storytelling could be a very powerful source of inspiration for fine art. Her curiosity about becoming a fine artist inspired her to start traveling throughout the US and Europe to broaden her horizons and learn more. Her travels and experiences created an even stronger desire to work on a professional level. So she settled in Dallas and started the process of painting full-time, exhibiting and working with galleries. CHARTIÈR’S work is currently represented by Mirada Fine Art, Denver, CO, AO5 Gallery, Austin TX and UGallery.com. Her work has been exhibited in Dallas, Houston, Boston, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and is part of the permanent collection of the Jesuit Dallas Museum. In 2009 Cynthia launched Art Class Dallas as an “Art for Self Discovery” painting workshop to give creatives from age 7-adult in all skill levels the opportunity to explore, imagine, discover and create from the innermost regions of their vision. In 2016 Art Class Dallas expanded and became Color and Light Painting Workshop to give each artist the tools needed to create brilliant and breathtaking works of art by exploring the boundaries and pushing “the rules” to the edge and beyond allowing the Color and Light to SHINE from within. Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? When I first started out I thought if I created extraordinary work success would find me. What I didn’t realize was success is a complex equation. Not only does your work have to be extraordinary to be successful, but everything has to be in balance with the marketing and sales aspect. I never learned that part of the equation in school, so I was in for a shock. After settling in Dallas I started out doing freelance work in films, designing flowers and painting commissions and doing murals to keep the momentum of cash flow moving forward. I discovered it takes a lot of time, energy and expertise to make a living exclusively as an artist. We’d love to hear more about your art. I paint the light of the soul mixed with shades of emotion and the story that shines from within the faces of interesting people. Color is my language mixed with texture and curving shapes. I love taking the palette from black to white to increase contrast. It makes the overall outcome more dramatic and powerful. It’s very exciting to experience the process of bringing a new vision to life using prisms of translucent jewel tones of vibrant color, mixed with layers of texture, thick impasto oil paint, globs of glaze, found objects and interesting fabrics. I also use elements of the printed word in different languages, newsprint, manuscript and sheet music to suggest the underlying thought. The illusion of time and space is another subject that has a great influence on my work. If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently? It has always been my nature to just go with the flow, use what’s available and allow things to rise to the highest level naturally with no regrets.
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