Artistic abilities are many with Cynthia – from
painting to music, dance, and landscaping. As a child, she explored
painting with many mediums. Her latest work is in oil painting, but
she also enjoys painting with acrylics and drawing with charcoal and
ink. Her inspiration comes from her Father, Bernard Ward, who was
also very creative. Other Artists who have given her inspiration for
her paintings include Henri Rousseau, Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude
Monet, Andrew Wyeth and Jack Vettriano. She was a student of Jerry
Goodnight, Raney Rogers and most recently Daniel Edmondson.
Cynthia’s style of painting is realism with a focus on selecting and
composing a slice of reality with richness. ‘I like images that make
you feel like you have captured a moment of warmth and happiness. We
pass up the simple things in life so many times when beauty is all
around us in wonderful shapes and sizes and twirls of color’. Her
paintings have been sold through local art councils, friends and
family and by commission. She paints original designs for hand
painted wall paper and unusual murals on glass and mirror. With
immense driving curiosity, she has learned through exposure to
classical artists and through online courses, books and workshops.
She has taken still life and landscaping courses from Daniel
Edmondson and is currently a member of the Daniel Edmondson ‘Art
Masters Program’ of Still Life and Landscape Painting.
Cynthia is a native and resident of western North Carolina and lives
in the beautiful mountains of Ashe County with her wonderful
husband, John. The surrounding beauty of the land has inspired many
of her paintings. Her landscaping talents flourish throughout the
properties she and John own. She has a beautiful daughter, Heather,
who graduated from UNC Wilmington and is employed as a Systems
Administrator in Wilmington, NC.
Her work is displayed in the ‘Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery’ in
West Jefferson, NC and in private collections throughout North