Meet the Artist
Cynthia Pierson attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and was as an Art Director and Illustrator for several national children’s magazines in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has designed theater sets, theatrical costumes, painted murals, and painted commissioned portrait work. She loves painting in pastel and watercolor. Many of her works are in private collections.
Cynthia has been a resident of St Augustine since 2005. Most recently she has provided illustrations for children's books of two different authors. Cynthia gives classes and workshops, in Pastel and watercolor. She also gives private lessons. An active member of the St. Augustine Artists association, she also is the Past President of the First Coast Pastel Society, a member of The Portrait Society of America, the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra and the Pastel Society of North Florida. Cynthia is also a juried member of the Pastel Society of America.
She enjoys participating in Juried Shows and at the St Augustine Art Association Figures & Faces show, has received the Ann James Memorial Award for Outstanding Pastel Portrait in 2015 and 2016 and Best in Show in 2017. Since entering juried exhibits, Ms. Pierson has received accolades for many of her works in pastel as well as watercolor. Her art can be seen at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra, in the St Augustine Art Association and other venues.
Artist’s Statement: I like to work in Watercolor, but I love to work in pastel. Because there are no brushes or other instruments between me and the color – just grab a stick of pure pigment - it is exhilarating!
I feel I have never not been an artist. I make art because It gives me so much joy. It excites me to think I can create something new. Sounds trite, but that’s it.
The most challenging aspect about being an artist is finding a place, in your home, in your community, in your life - to find your space. I find that I need to paint every day – even if just for 15 minutes. When I come to the end of a painting, add my signature and install the piece, I hope to take the viewer inside the painting – to make them wonder.