Cindy Parris

Cindy Parris lives in Chester Virginia. She is an oil painter who also enjoys working with mixed media and resin. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked in the graphic design field for a number of years.

In 1995, Cindy and her husband moved to southern California where she had the opportunity to study oil painting with several well known California artists. "We were able to paint on the beautiful cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was a wonderful experience. I loved capturing the scene with richly colored oils. I was hooked." Upon returning to Chester, Cindy continued to develop her artistic skills. She started creating mixed-media pieces by layering paint (oil or acrylic), clay, paper, and found objects. Each stratum is coated with raw resin. The resin compound is moved across the piece then fired with a torch. The finished layered works provide a dynamic feeling of depth and movement.

"The intent of my work is to inspire the imagination, to create images that momentarily take us away from the turmoil and disruption of our daily lives."