Artist Cynthia Rosen with her plein air painting
Cynthia Rosen at Chanticleer with poetry in bloom from Sunita

How did you develop your unique style?
In an effort to learn about color mixing, I picked up the palette knife. In the process, I discovered that not only did I learn to mix colors but I realized that applying those colors directly to the surface with the knife afforded a clean and moving feel to my imagery. This would provide consistency with my interest in the Color Field painters, the Impressionists, as well as Expressionists. It also was in keeping with my overarching interest in the element of time in an image. Not only the time that a viewer spends but how the image itself moves the viewer’s eye. Everything in life changes with time, I wanted my image to embrace that fact.

How do you describe success?
Success in art implies a degree of true engagement, both intellectually and emotionally and at times, contentment with one’s efforts. Most of the time, the process is purely one in which we strive to learn and improve. The success comes when we gain fulfillment from visible evidence of that growth. The financial compensation for those of us who need to earn a living makes turns the process of painting into a viable career.

To see more of Cynthia’s work, visit:

oil painting of an old cider press
Cynthia Rosen, The Old Cider Press, 24 x 18 in., oil, 2021
oil painting of snow covered ground, along the river bank
Cynthia Rosen, Along the Bank, 48 x 36 in., oil, 2022


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