2nd Saturday Reception: March 8, 5 pm – 8 pm
"Contemplation," encaustic and mixed media
I like to think of my paintings as colorful stories and mysterious poems in visual form. I play with certain images that symbolize what I am feeling at the time. Often I paint animals, especially birds, because, to me, they represent a tacit understanding we all share that goes far beyond words. My paintings are friends that tell me stories as we go along. I rarely realize the full ending of the unfolding story until the work is done, and then, if I am lucky, I may be able to extract some meaning in the visual tale I’ve created. What I enjoy the most though, besides the brilliant color and the natural beauty of my materials, is the mystery that is left behind that I am not sure of.
When I paint, I attempt to understand this life, and to express in a personal way how beautiful, and sometimes confusing and complicated, our world can be. My work is layered with color and many other odds and ends. I believe that all things can be revealed to be more than just their appearances. Thus, each piece I do is multi-layered, consistent in the idea that there are many surprises under the surface of things.
— Cynthia Schildhauer
"Sometimes I Stand Alone"
encaustic and mixed media
Cynthia Scontriano Schildhauer resides in Northern California with her family, two cats and two very enthusiastic small dogs. Her work can be found in collections throughout the United States Europe and Australia. She offers innovative classes in art and creativity, including the Mendocino Art Center.
In addition to various objects, materials and text, Cynthia’s mixed media paintings include the ancient painting technique called encaustic, a method where natural beeswax, mixed with bright pigments and resins, is heated to create transparent, mysterious multi-layered surfaces. As evidenced by 3rd century Fayum wax paintings that are perfectly preserved, Cynthia’s paintings can be wiped with a damp cloth and will remain bright and intact for years to come, as long as they avoid extreme heat.