EWW: Cynthia, what photographer, past or present, has been an inspiration to you and your work and why?
Cynthia: Ultimately, all artists draw from their own unique style, but I also draw inspiration from Guy Tal, Shiv Verma, and Jim Fenton. They understand the unique and important space that exists between artist and viewer. In terms of other artists, Georgia O’Keefe is a giant hero of mine.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, what are some of the themes, in terms of style, that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Cynthia: My work is defined by a theme of “process”. By that, I mean that my art represents my own personal process of creativity and emotion. Much of my work tells a story of un-bloomed potential and then opening. I photograph a large amount of flowers that often tell a story of grace and kindness. I like to use natural light and close up perspective. Macro photography illuminates the tiny story within the big scene.
EWW: It appears that you offer workshops. When someone completes a workshop with you, what are the three most important concepts you hope they have learned?
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Cynthia: When I give a talk or instruction, I hope that folks realize their own unique style and can allow their creative process to unfold. By capturing the essence of a scene, a photographer can tune into the mystery that exists in creativity.
EWW: what comments would others make about your work? Is that consistent with what you would say about your work?
Cynthia: I’ve heard my work referred to as graceful and strong at the same time. My work brings people inward to get in touch with their own process. Folks say my work has a “painterly” quality that allows a different view of photography. Viewers have said that they “feel” what I was experiencing when I created the image. This to me is they goal—when you can blur the line between creator and viewer, you stand together in the mystery of art.
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to generate exposure and the marketing of your work? If yes, which social media platform(s) do you find to be the most successful for you?
Cynthia: I use Facebook and twitter and update my website quite frequently. I find Facebook to be the medium that reaches the most people in terms of numbers. I disagree with their option to download images, this makes theft of images challenging. I found that I can feature my blog writing on my website better than any place else.
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I also am part of a company names Airlifting. The nonprofit supports homeless and disabled artists by curating work to help establish a process of sustainable revenue. I have an artists’ page on Artlifting.com where my work is featured and for sale. I have been disabled since age 6. Part of my website is devoted to creativity after having a stroke.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview. Do you have any final thoughts about you and your work, which you think would be important for others to know about?
Cynthia: Yes, I believe that creative process is divine in nature. Everyone has the ability to create–there is no such thing as inherent talent. When you tap into your own story, it becomes evident in what you create. Art and our stories are our tapestries, the winding form, and color of all our collective circumstances. As artists, we reveal our authentic self in the images we make and share.