is an artist and architect living in Anacortes, Washington.
Cynthia started painting in college, but put her brushes aside for many years of graduate school, raising children, and a full-time architectural career. Rediscovering the pleasures of painting a few years ago, she now shows her work in several galleries, and enjoys the challenges of this new creative adventure.
While Cynthia paints a variety of subjects, landscapes are a special interest. She enjoys creating scenes that invite the viewers into the picture so that they can imagine themselves being in that place, or be reminded of somewhere they’ve been.
Gathering inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and from her travels, she begins with a general concept, then allows the painting to evolve as she works. The feeling and mood of a scene is expressed through light and color. Her task is to bring it to life so that the viewer can enjoy it too.
In Anacortes, the Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar displays Cynthia's paintings for sale year round, and her studio is open by appointment.
Cynthia has repeatedly been a featured artist in shows at Scott Milo Gallery, River Gallery, Smith and Vallee Gallery, The Majestic Inn, Skagit Valley Hospital, and Tri-Dee Arts. Her work has been included in shows at Whatcom Lightcatcher Art Museum and Jansen Art Center. Auction sales of her paintings regularly raise funds for MoNA (Museum of Northwest Art), Skagit Land Trust, and Friends of the Forest.
Cynthia was honored to be a featured artist in LaConner's Art's Alive 2017 Invitational Show. Her work was selected for the juried show at the Anacortes Arts Festival in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019, and 2021, and the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Edmonds Arts Festival. Many of her paintings are displayed in the permanent art collections at Island Hospital and Skagit Valley Hospital, and the Anacortes Public Library. Her paintings were voted the “People’s Choice” award for four years at the Art Bash shows. Her painting, "Through the Trees" is an Artist's Magazine award winner.
She has studied painting with Dianna Shyne and Mike Wise for several years, as well as workshops with Michele Usibelli, Jennifer Bowman, Calvin Liang, Andy Eccleshall, Mike Svob, and others as she continues to improve by learning from other artists.
Cynthia is a member of Skagit Artists, Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club, and the American Institute of Architects.
Check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/cynthiarichardsonartist
315 V Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221