cindy vener en plein air

I am inspired by the scenery around 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 Florida from Virginia, I have found new inspiration for my artwork in the Florida landscape.  I paint en plein air and in my studio, working with oil and cold wax or acrylic, layering color, making marks, scratching through paint and removing layers to create texture.  I often work with a palette knife.  I am a colorist, working somewhere between a representational and abstract place, letting the artwork take me down a path to completion.

Painting is my second career.  I retired 9 years ago from the financial services industry with a successful career as an insurance actuary although, I have been painting for 25 years.  I studied painting under the tutelage of Sara Linda Poly, Laura Loe, Andras Bality, Diego Sanchez, John Morgan and Rosalie Day White.  I have also studied oil and cold wax medium with northern Virginia artist Jeff Erickson.

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

Gallery Representation

Gilded Matilda's, Wildwood, Florida
Pheasant’s Eye Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
Southern Provisions Company, Lynchburg, VA
The Little Gallery, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

 Exhibitions

2018

  • SEPT - SOBO Gallery, Winter Garden, Florida, Animalia
  • AUG - SOBO Gallery, Winter Garden, Florida, Going Global: Origins & Destinations

2017

2016

2015

2014

2012 

2011

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

2010

  • Magnolia Foods, (solo exhibit) Lynchburg, VA

Awards

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