March Artist of the Month – Cynthia Byers
Art has been a strong influence in my life since my childhood. My love of art started in grade school, even though I can’t really remember much of what we did. In later grades I always made sure one of my electives was saved for an art class. In my teens I found drawing especially satisfying.
I attended college later in life and wasn’t sure what my major should be. We were living in Indiana at the time and Grace College had an excellent art program. It was a comfortable decision to major in art. I earned my A.S. degree in Fine Arts while there. A few years later I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. Mixing business and art allows me to exercise both the right and left sides of my brain.
One of my favorite art experiences was when I taught drawing to young students, both in my home and in a homeschool academy. To watch them develop and expand their artistic skills was very rewarding. I’ve also enjoyed doing art with my own children and grandchildren. Those are really sweet memories.
Oils were my favorite medium prior to moving to South Carolina, but I really wanted a new challenge and found watercolors to be just what I needed. They can be very unpredictable, for sure, but I love them. At this stage of life…I’m just having fun.
I practice often and try to paint a variety of subjects. Composition and a good drawing still seem to be the most important parts of a painting, whatever the medium. Since moving here I’ve been able to enjoy having my own studio space, filled with lots of natural light. It’s very convenient to be set up and ready to paint whenever I’m ready. I’ve been a member of the All About Art club since we moved here three years ago. It’s a great club in which to get involved. I also enjoy monitoring every month as a way of giving back to the club for supporting me as an artist.
My favorite artist is Rembrandt, who said: “Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.”