cindy head shotThe scenery around me inspires me, whether at my home in central Florida or from my travels.  My artwork is shaped by bold color, shapes, texture and light from my surroundings.  Having recently moved to The Villages, Florida from Virginia, where I lived for 40 years, I have found new inspiration for my artwork in the Florida landscape.  I like to paint en plein air and in my studio, working with oil, cold wax medium or acrylic, layering color, making marks, scratching through paint and removing layers to create texture.  I often work with a palette knife, my favorite tool.  I am a colorist.  My style is somewhere between impressionism and abstract expressionism. I like to translate what I see into mostly shapes with bold color, so the viewer can experience my art in his or her own way, and maybe evoke a memory of a similar mood or place.

cindy vener en plein air

I retired 10 years ago from the financial services industry with a successful career as an insurance actuary.  I picked up a brush for the first time 25 years ago and have been painting ever since.

I studied painting under the tutelage of Rosalie Day White for about 10 years.  I have also taken workshops and classes with artists John Morgan, Mary Gilkerson, Jeffrey Erickson, Robert Burridge and Jane Slivka.  One of my favorite learning experiences is the Nimrod Hall Summer Arts Program in Bath County, Virginia. I have attended this summer artist’s retreat every summer for the past 10 years and studied with artists in residence Sara Linda Poly, Laura Loe, Andras Bality, and Diego Sanchez.

I have taught palette knife painting and abstract art workshops in Virginia and Florida.

When I am not painting, I can be found on the golf course or traveling with my husband of 30 years.

Gallery Representation

Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala, FL
Pheasant’s Eye Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
SOBO Gallery, Winter Garden, FL
The Art of Escapes, Orlando, FL



  • FEB – APRIL – Oakland Manor House, Kaleidoscope, Oakland, FL
  • MARCH – MAY – Quantum Leap Winery, Spring Has Sprung, Orlando, FL



  • DEC – Arts on Douglas, Small Things Considered  Juried Exhibition, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • NOV – DEC – Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Winter Showcase, Gainesville, FL.
  • NOV – DEC – SOBO Gallery, Artists on Fire – Rekindled, Winter Garden, FL.
  • OCT – Nelson Gallery Paint Lexington Plein Air Artists Exhibit, Lexington, VA.
  • SEPT – SOBO Gallery, Animalia Juried Exhibition, Winter Garden, FL.
  • AUG – SOBO Gallery, Going Global: Origins & Destinations Juried Exhibition, Winter Garden, FL.







  • Academy of Fine Arts, National Juried Art Exhibition, Lynchburg , VA.
  • Academy Gallery, Art Up Front (solo exhibit), Lynchburg, VA.


  • Magnolia Foods, (solo exhibit) Lynchburg, VA.


2019 – David & Lisa Midgett Foundation Purchase Award, “Pleasures” Juried Exhibition, Brick City Center for the Arts, (David D’Alessandris, judge), “Storm Passing”
2019 – 3rd Place, “That’s Life” Ocala Art Group Exhibition, Brick City Center for the Arts, (Frank Zampardi, judge), “Confluence”
2019 – Award of Merit, The Visual Arts Association Spring Exhibition, The Villages La Galleria, (Lynn Ferris, judge), “Cottage Blues”
2017 – Award of Merit, Edna Curry / John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts,(Nancy Stark, judge), “On the Edge”.
2016 – Rotary Club of Lynchburg Award,  44th Annual Lynchburg Art Festival, (Amy Shawley, judge), “Spring Light”.
2016 – 3rd Place, “We Got the Blues, Art in the Blue Ridge” July Juried Exhibition, Lynchburg Art Club, Bottles by the Window.
2016 – Award of Merit, Bower Center Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Whatcha Got?.
2016 – 3rd Place, Carilion Clinic Healing Arts Show, Meandering.
2016 – 1st Place, Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts, Through the Trees.
2015 – Award of Excellence, 36th Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, (Mark Mehaffey, judge), Evening Stroll by the Pronto Cafe.
2015 – Honorable Mention – Local Art by Local Artists, Lynchburg Art Club, Anne Spencer’s Garden.