Cindy Wingo

Cindy WingoMy paintings are large in format.  My medium is generally acrylic, often mixed with film, paper and found objects.  I paint what I feel not what I see, using acrylics due to their quick drying time which allows me to layer my images.  I mix gallons of black and white exterior house paints with my acrylics to erase and build color.  I have always believed that natural shapes are perfect even with their sometimes imperfect appearance.  I use them as a resource for my work.

I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. Lived a humble but wonderful childhood, mostly outdoors. Each day brought a spirit of adventure filled with wonder.

In college, I had a counselor who told me that artists weren’t able to support themselves by painting alone, and encouraged me to focus on graphic design and marketing.

For fifteen years, I parked my passion for painting and worked to be the best graphic designer I could be. Even having created award-winning work, it still felt like something was missing. So I took that leap of faith and jumped back into my painting.

Twenty years later, I’m still painting. My work started out tightly realistic, but I found sanctuary in the abstraction where I could communicate so many things without completely exposing myself. Painting has allowed me to work through the weighted questions in life.

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I don’t believe that we choose art; it’s art that chooses us. Both a blessing and a curse, I would be lost without it. It is my life-force, my footprint, my souls private podium.

My first lesson: everything happens for a reason. The shapes I explored in nature as a child have been a guide for my painting. Life as a short-order cook, a waitress, a microphone girl, a singer and dancer, a student, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a wife and mother, an ex-wife and single mom, an art director, a designer, an account manager, and a paper girl have all shaped my life and brought me the subject matter and passion for what I paint.

My second lesson: don’t listen to what other people say you can or can’t do.
Follow what your heart tells you and you will succeed.

I hope my work inspires you to follow your dream. Life is too short not to.

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