Cynthia Taylor grew up in the Pacific Northwest loving the garden, landscapes and animals that surrounded her. From childhood those inspired her earliest drawings and paintings and her love of art.
However, discouraged at an early age from pursuing a career in art, she looked for other ways to express her creativity. Music being one of her loves, she enjoyed playing the violin for many years and added the piano later in life. Working shoulder to shoulder with her husband in their own business proved to be rewarding and enjoyable, but it wasn’t until her retirement that she was able to pursue her first creative love, painting.
In 2000 she began private tutelage with Judy Whiting and studied under her for two years. This sparked her passion for oil painting. She began entering local and regional shows in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona where she won awards in each competition she entered.
While in Arizona she enrolled in art classes with Arizona State, but found that taking workshops and private lessons with such well known artists as Kim English, Qiang Huang, Howard Carr, Richard McKinley, Michael Fitzpatrick and Paul Youngman, had a more profound effect on her skill level. These artists would inspire and help draw to the surface her style today.
Having lived in several parts of the country and being inspired by everything from the coastline to the desert, she Cynthia has now found her home in Napa Valley where she draws inspiration from the beauty that surrounds her. Her paintings reflect the love and appreciation that has come from living and traveling in different regions of the world.