On any beautiful day by the Blue Ridge Parkway of Asheville, North Carolina you may find Cynthia Llanes either exploring new hiking trails or painting in the open outdoors. Moving from the busy art scene of Los Angeles, California to Asheville’s vibrant art community has transformed Cynthia’s vision for her art. Plein air painting gives her a lift and an emotional connection with the beauty of nature. The breathtaking, lush mountains, waterfalls and hiking trails have given her a new heart and eye in painting landscapes. She says that this indeed is another exciting phase of her life as an artist.
“I can be sitting at my porch watching the misty mountains and my mind starts painting the scene. I am so blessed to live here and enjoy nature at its best any time of the day.”
Cynthia Llanes earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in painting and graphic design. Her love for textile design, painting, and fashion landed her a job as a textile designer in Los Angeles for many years. Her many adventures travelling Asia and Europe have inspired her with the endless possibilities of many art forms. Cynthia continues to paint and explore different mediums such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media which have influenced her recent style towards a more expressionistic direction.
At present, nature has become her muse where color, texture, and light play a major part in her design and composition. She enjoys exploring new color palettes and the use of bold brushstrokes in her watercolor and acrylic paintings.
“I love to capture a moment from nature and express it with freedom. My interpretation of my subject is an expression of a personal experience I like to share and connect with my viewer. “
She has shown her works in several group and solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Diego. Her works are in private collections in the United States and other countries.
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