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Cindy Johnston

Cindy Johnston

Maple Ridge, BC

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My earliest childhood recollection of fine art was made after viewing an oil painting called "Rainy City"; I was amazed that you could actually feel the cold gloom of the night rain and the excitement of the city lights at the same time. It left a lasting impression on me. I spent my school and university years studying science and literature in a small community in Northern Alberta, so art was never in my scope of possibilities for a career. My mom, a gifted artist herself, bought me a watercolour course and supplies in 1998 as a way to “escape” the routine of being a new mother. It was the best gift I ever got, and it served to change my life. Over the next 10 years, I moved from soft watercolors to bold acrylics and mixed media, and my love of creating art grows daily.

My goal is to create art that makes you think about it long after you have viewed it; to make you feel something significant and to have it physically affect you. I enjoy structured compositions, an Old Master’s rich color palate, an emphasis on texture, and I like to blend realism with a slightly abstract point of view. I love to use mixed media, working layers of paint, ink, pastel, and exotic or antique papers into my experimental work. I believe that the title of a piece is often fundamental in guiding the viewer into the soul of the painting; to share the imprint that it was meant to leave.

I feel a sense of peace and relief after I complete a piece. Each painting is like a baby that I am letting out into the world with a little piece of me with it. I am happy to see them go, as it is a way of sharing myself in a very personal way with others.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2015 - Linzy Arnott Studio & Gallery, Osprey Village, Pitt Meadows, BC
"Undiscovered Stars" - Seasons of Birch, The Guardian, What Dreams May Come, A Pear Affair

2014 - Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island:
"Small, Smaller, Smallest" - Soaking Up the Morning Sun
"Ten Squared" - Angels' Bonfire, Off the Grid, Holding My Breath

2014 - ACT Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
"Ensemble" - Remember, Reminisce, Windswept

1997 - 2014 Garibaldi Art Club Spring & Fall Shows, Maple Ridge, BC
2014 Seasons in the Park (juried) ACT Gallery
2013 Fall Show, Peoples' Choice Top 5 "What If"
2012 (juried), Honorable Mention: “Berry Treasure”
2011 In Pursuit of Excellence (juried), Honorable Mention “Divergence”
1997 “Family Tree” voted as invitation and display piece

2010-2012 Beyond the Brush Summer and Fall Shows, Mission, BC

 

Ancient Passages by Cindy Johnston

 

Come Play With Me by Cindy Johnston

 

Caverns by Cindy Johnston

 

Urban Chaos by Cindy Johnston

 

The Road Not Taken by Cindy Johnston

 

Celadon Spring by Cindy Johnston

 

The Promise of Spring by Cindy Johnston

 

Watch Out for Jack by Cindy Johnston

 

Curiosity by Cindy Johnston

 

Big New World by Cindy Johnston

 

Lakeside Birch by Cindy Johnston

 

Sweet Smell of Summer by Cindy Johnston

 

If a Tree Falls by Cindy Johnston

 

Mountain Haven Trees by Cindy Johnston

 

Two Pair - Green by Cindy Johnston

 

Two Pair - Red by Cindy Johnston

 

My Favorite Pear by Cindy Johnston

 

Golden Pear by Cindy Johnston

 

Words to Live By by Cindy Johnston

 

Woman Behind the Man by Cindy Johnston

 

Free Falling by Cindy Johnston

 

The Gatekeeper by Cindy Johnston

 

Family Tree by Cindy Johnston

 

Phoenix by Cindy Johnston

 

Envy by Cindy Johnston

 

Divergence by Cindy Johnston

 

Trial By Fire by Cindy Johnston

 

The Heart of the Matter by Cindy Johnston

 

Old News by Cindy Johnston

 

Convergence by Cindy Johnston

 

Baby of Mine by Cindy Johnston

 

Baby Boy Flynn by Cindy Johnston

 

Kitten Surprise by Cindy Johnston

 

The Poser by Cindy Johnston

 

Kitten Daydreams by Cindy Johnston

 

Playing Peek-a-Boo by Cindy Johnston

 

Waiting for Santa by Cindy Johnston

 

Vampire Skies by Cindy Johnston

 

Dark Moon by Cindy Johnston

 

Ice Road by Cindy Johnston

 

Ice Bridge by Cindy Johnston

 

Ice Bolts by Cindy Johnston

 

Cedars of Ice by Cindy Johnston

 

Cedars of Ice II by Cindy Johnston

 

Frozen Buds by Cindy Johnston

 

Frozen Revolution by Cindy Johnston

 

No Entry by Cindy Johnston

 

Icy Sunrise by Cindy Johnston