The work of painter, Cynthia Mosser, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, which includes the Czech Republic and Hungary. Her work has been critically reviewed in ARTnews Magazine, Willamette Week newspaper, and featured twice in the TV show Portlandia. She showed her work at the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon for 14 years. Cynthia received a B.A. in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
I grew up in SW Portland with mountain climbing parents and an intellectually/mentally/physically disabled brother. As a child, I was always outside in nature, yet my artistic development wasn't carefully watched due to my brother; this left me without a feeling of value. Knowing I always desired to be an artist, after receiving my BA in Art History, I attended art school in New York, and has committed myself to my art career for over 22 years. I now understand my value, as well as how to have fun. I help others feel valued through authentic connection and joy.
Being in nature influenced my art, as well as living numerous times in Europe. Colors and structures inherent to plants, animals, the ocean, as well as architectural and Hungarian folk art designs provide me with endless sources of inspiration. In regard to plants, I is deeply moved by their presence, especially when near a large gathering. A nursery, the Columbia River Gorge, or even a grocery store plant department are great examples. Shapes and colors seen and then hidden by ocean tide pools are another source of inspiration. Finally, Hungarian folk art embroidery influences my work because of its strong, abstracted plant-like forms.
More about me: I love cats and their weirdness, succulent plants for their juicy shapes, the color orange for its energy, hiking because it airs out my brain, and surfing which forces me to balance. Finally, thanks to my mountain climbing parents, I've climbed four mountains: Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, South Sister and Symmetry Spire (Grand Tetons).
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