Color First

“I love mixing colors and creating new color palettes.” - the artist

Encore, 2019, acrylic, marker, pencil and hand-painted paper on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches

Encore, 2019, acrylic, marker, pencil and hand-painted paper on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches

Q: What led you to become a mixed media artist?

A: In my “pre-canvas” studies, I use various media such as pencil, ink, watercolor and marker — even paper fragments of old studies. This is how I began experimenting with hand-painted paper elements in my acrylic paintings. Still, I’d say I’m a painter who uses several mediums in some of my acrylic paintings.

Moment of Flight, 2019, acrylic, 20 x 16 x 1.5 inches, $450

Moment of Flight, 2019, acrylic, 20 x 16 x 1.5 inches, $450

Q: What inspires your subject matter?

A: Color first. I love mixing colors and creating new color palettes. My paintings then become explorations of color and texture, line and space. Sources of inspiration for my color studies are photo images — aerial landscapes, urban structures, geographic earth patterns, nature.

Double Red Crossings, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 24 x 24 inches, $495

Double Red Crossings, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 24 x 24 inches, $495

Q: Can you describe the materials you use and your creative process?

A: My primary medium is acrylic paint, inks and mediums. I also use graphite and color pencils and markers to create areas of structure and visual interest. I paint on canvas and 300 lb. watercolor paper. I always start with a specific color palette that I use in preliminary studies before moving to canvas (or paper). First strokes are usually acrylic washes then mark making and back to painting — but that can vary! Final steps involve glazes to add dimension and depth, and varnish coats.

Storm Light, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 24 x 20 inches, $445

Storm Light, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 24 x 20 inches, $445

Q: We were impressed with your Best in Show piece, titled Storm Light. Tell us more about this piece/series.

A: I first created a warm color palette of violet, red and chartreuse plus a touch of cool yellow; the black ink marks provide contrast and points of interest. A detailed use of texture evolved from the beginning with the acrylic paste to the canvas, then various paint layers, script-like marks and the final paper elements. With its strong horizontal line, it makes me think I’m looking through window blinds, seeing a small bit of sunlight under darkening clouds (hence the title!). But that’s my reflection — viewers should explore their own interpretations!

Estuary Fog, 2019, acrylic, 36 x 24 x 1.5 inches, $800

Estuary Fog, 2019, acrylic, 36 x 24 x 1.5 inches, $800

Q: What do you hope for viewers to take away from your art?

A: You know, abstract art is about relating to color and composition. I hope viewers can enjoy this fusion of color, shapes, lines and texture, find their own meaning or connection, and see that abstract art can be visually intriguing, absorbing and attractive.

Field Notes, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 30 x 24 inches, $545

Field Notes, 2018, acrylic and mixed media, 30 x 24 inches, $545

Q: How do you view your art career in five years?

A: Still evolving and creating interesting, affordable art that captivates and intrigues people.

Photo source: the artist

Photo source: the artist

About the artist:

Abstract painter Cynthia Coldren explores contemporary concepts such as order and chaos, structure and ambiguity using acrylic paints, inks and mediums on canvas and paper. She studied fine art as an undergraduate student before completing her BAS in communications and management. While her early work embraced photorealism, she transitioned to an abstract style over the years, evolving a stronger thematic focus.

Cynthia lives in the Richardson, Texas. She has received recognition and awards in recent art exhibitions, gallery shows and juried competitions both online and in North Texas. She is a member of the Texas Artist Coalition (TAC), the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco (VAGF), the Richardson Civic Art Society (RCAS) and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA).

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.cynthiacoldrenfineart.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cynthiacoldrenfineart, as well as Instagram @cynthiacoldrenfineart.


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