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Cynthia Llanes


Asheville, NC

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Cynthia Llanes discovered a love of drawing at an early age designing clothes for her dolls. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, she pursued her love for fashion as a textile designer in the Los Angeles fashion district. Her textile designs have been sold by clothing outlets such as Bloomingdale’s, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Target. While designing for the textile industry is fun, she also loves painting. She then became active in the Los Angeles art scene and joined several juried shows and art exhibitions in LA’s diverse art community for over 20 years. Her works can be found in private collections in the United States and other countries.


Moving to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Asheville, Cynthia has found a renewed vision in Nature.  Her new-found muse has influenced her recent style towards a more expressionistic direction.  As a mixed-media artist she continues to discover beauty and seeks to find magical nuances even in ordinary subjects.  


“I love to capture a moment and express it with freedom.  My interpretation of a subject is to express my personal experience which I try to share and connect with the viewer.  I believe that art’s purpose is to uplift, inspire, communicate or even provoke a conversation.”


Color, texture and light are the main entry points of her compositions. Her color palette is mostly pure and bright using bold brushstrokes; a reference to both Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. She loves to work with different mediums such as acrylic, pastel, watercolor, colored pencil and alcohol ink. She is quick to say, “There is no single approach in painting but only one artist with one heart and mind."


When not painting in her studio, Cynthia loves traveling, creating new cuisine, long hikes in the woods and ballroom dancing with her husband.  


 “Thank you for stopping by to view my works.”