Cynthia Underwood

“I strive very hard to make each piece reflect the excitement and mood I am experiencing at that moment. My sincere hope is that the art I create brings the viewer in touch with the nature and beauty around us in everyday life and that I capture those moments in my works."
“Each day is a wonderful adventure I will always cherish; while exploring and painting along my journey. Impressionist Realism is a style I continue to strive to understand and study. I feel the editing of a painting is probably one of the biggest challenges for an artist, to move things around and delete the right things and still maintain that perfect balance. Perhaps, Auguste Renoir said it best 'The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.' "

Cynthia was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and currently makes her home in Colorado and Arizona. She spends a considerable amount of time painting landscapes in Colorado and the Southwestern United States.

She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys a good adventure. At an early age she showed artistic talent winning numerous awards in local and regional drawing competitions. However, Cynthia did not start painting until almost 40 years later. She continues to win National awards and has been published in numerous artist journals, along with solo shows and plein air invitationals. She for the most part is a self-taught artist with some formal education through the Scottsdale Artist School and studied under Matt Smith, Colley Whisson, Skip Whitcomb and several others. She enjoys working on location as it brings new inspirations as each day reveals different light and weather conditions. She continues to explore and experiment to master her mediums pastel and oil but realizes that it is a life long journey.

Shows and Awards:
• 2016 Salon de Refuses Show, May 1 through May 31st,  Loveland, CO
• 2015 Pastel Society of Colorado Members Show, Grand Junction, CO Art Center Honorable Mention
• 2015 Judge for the annual art show for theVisual Arts Guild, Montrose, CO.
• 2015 Invited Demo Artist for the Visual Arts Guild, Montrose, CO. 
• 2015 Live Event Where in the World Plein Air Watch me paint June 10, 11th and
• 2015 Invitational Paint the Poudre Special Exhibition and Sale at Morgan Library CSU Campus
• 2015 Selected to Judge the annual art show for the Montrose Visual Arts Guild, Montrose, CO.
• 2015 Selected invitational Guest Artist for "Where in the World live Plein Air Event"  Sponsored by Illume Gallery
• 2014 51st Annual Fall Festival - Professional Division-Landscape 2nd Place.
• 2014  The Artist Association of Northern Colorado Online National juried show
• 2014  Pastel Society of New Mexico 23rd Annual National Juried Show
• 2014  Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO. - Solo Exhibit "Expressions of Oil and Pastel" August 
• 2014  Paint the Poudre Plein Air 2014 Juried Invitational
• 2014  Things with Wings - Invitational Museum Show - Los Alamos, New Mexico
• 2013  Pastel Society of New Mexico 22nd Annual National Juried Show
• 2013 Paint the Poudre Plein Air 2013 Juried invitational
• 2013 Plein Air Artist of Colorado (PAAC) Signature member National juried Exhibit 
• 2013 Annual Fall Festival - Professional Division - Purchase Patron and Honorable Mention
• 2013 American Women Artists Online Juried Exhibition
• 2012  Randy Higbee Invitational juried 6x6 show
• 2012 Pastel Society of the Southwest 31st National Juried Show
• 2012 Moab Plein Air Event - Honorable Mention
• 2012 50th Annual Fall Festival - Professional Division - Honorable Mention and Purchase Patron
• 2012 APAA Fall Juried Exhibition                         
• 2012 Pastel Society of New Mexico International Juried Show                    
• 2012 Alpine Arts Paint out on Main Street Ouray, CO - 3rd Place quick draw
• 2012 Mile High International Pastel Juried Show -Award of Excellence in Pastel, Elizabeth Mowry Judge
• 2012 Huey Fine Art Invitational - America the Beautiful  Show Santa Fé, NM
• 2012 PAAC 16th National Juried Fine Art and Sale Exhibition Signature Member
• 2011 Chosen as one of the Cover Artist for "Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil Artist", Kennedy Publishing
• 2011 Paint the Parks Top 50 Mini's  (two paintings) also an Honorable Mention
• 2011 Mile High International Pastel Juried Show 
• 2011 AANC 20th National Juried Exhibition and Sale  
• 2011 APAA Spring Juried Exhibition 
• 2010 Richeson 75 - Meritous Award 
• 2010 APAA Fall Juried Exhibition
• 2010 Featured Guest Artist "Around the Corner Gallery" 
• 2010 15th Annual State (Colorado) juried Exhibition 
• 2010 14th Annual Lines into Shapes International Juried Exhibition - Estes Park, CO
• 2010 Alpine Holiday National Juried Exhibit - Ouray, CO
• 2010 Solo Exhibition - Peach Tree Gallery
• 2009 47th Annual Fall Fest Show - 3rd Place
• 2009 American Society of Botanical Artist
Current Affiliations:
Pastel Society of Colorado Master Signature Member
other affiliations:  OPA, AWA, CAC, PSNM, and Outdoor Painters Society