Explore the hidden paths of the beautiful countryside with Cynthie Hanks, a Franklin-based artist who works primarily in pastels and finds inspiration in “people and the beauty of nature.”
Cynthie worked as a dental assistant for 26 years before choosing to return to school to study Fine Arts at Sam Houston University. After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, she began Cynthie Hanks Fine Art and continues to work with a number of different mediums including oil paints, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels in order to create vibrant, lively pieces that put a smile on one’s face.
The long-lasting nature and dynamic pigment of pastels serve this purpose well. She takes in the people and scenery around her and brightens them up on paper, saturating the sheet with brilliant teals, oranges, and greens. Using her keen eye for detail, she captures landscapes in all of their minutiae with powered pigments lain across sheets of paper. From the figures of a family visiting a pueblo village, a distant ladder reaching towards the sky, or the white froth of ocean waves as they roll onto the shore, Cynthie’s style of art gives a spotlight to details that are often overlooked in everyday life. And because pastel paintings are notoriously prone to accidental smudging if handled improperly, each piece is carefully matted and framed to ensure that the vibrant colors will continue to bring joy into the lives of others for years to come.
We here at the SEAD Gallery are honored to be hosting Cynthie Hanks in a three-part, multi-artist exhibit along with David Sites and Anna Swanson. This collective exhibition will be on display until November 10th, so we invite you to join us at the gallery for an opportunity to see Cynthie’s joyful pieces for yourself.