Cynthia Walburn was born in Southern California and grew up in South Florida. She has resided in North Florida for over twenty years and currently divides her time between Atlantic Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The sunlight and tropical landscape of South Florida is an obvious influence in her work. She derives her inspiration from nature but especially the beaches, marshes, and springs of Florida. Most of her paintings incorporate the quality of light reflecting off or through water.
Formally trained in the field of architecture and interior design, her love for painting and drawing has evolved and expanded over the course of 30 years. She first realized her inner artist as a child, and experimented with many forms of applied and fine arts before realizing her full passion as a painter in the early 1990s. Her work is included in significant private and corporate collections as well as healthcare facilities including PNC Global Headquarters in Pittsburg, Everbank Corporate Offices in Jacksonville, and a 12 canvas 2 story commission at the Baptist Hospital heart wing in Jacksonville to name a few.
Cynthia holds a Bachelors of Design with an art history minor, and a Masters of Architectural Studies from the University of Florida.
I consider my work to be transcendent impressionism. My work is rooted in elements of water, air and light. Most people describe my work as tranquil and even ethereal. My desire is to engage the viewer in a moment of suspension where they may experience a sense of calm and lack of gravity. The horizon line is intentionally absent from my work which enhances the perception of weightlessness.
Abstract elements of nature and the environment are typically central to my work. Deeply imbedded memories from snorkeling, scuba diving and aerial impressions from flying over oceans and waterways have influenced my paintings. Growing up in Florida made me deeply aware of the reflective qualities of water with colors and patterns of the ever changing sky. My paintings are a process that start out with an unknown destination. I enjoy the freedom of allowing the work to evolve without self imposed preconceptions of the outcome. As the painting begins to take shape I start to realize where it wants to go. Large paintings are my specialization and I enjoy the physical movement and energy that the larger paintings require. They also have a larger impact on the physical environment and affect the atmosphere of a space in a powerful way.