Cindy Gillett is an Idaho artist who paints primarily with soft pastels and oils. She finds the vibrant colors and immediacy of painting with soft pastels intoxicating and painting without paint brushes and solvents very freeing. When she chooses to paint with oils, she enjoys the challenge of mixing colors on the palette and the buttery softness of applying oil paint to canvas. Cindy constantly pushes herself to jump outside her comfort zone in order to experiment and grow as an artist and individual.
Cindy's painting style is Representational, focusing primarily on intimate scenes. While critical elements of a successful painting are strong composition, proper values, and color harmony, she also concentrates on bringing out the individual qualities of her subject matter. Those things that make a person, place or thing uniquely its own. It may be the quality of light, reflections, shadows or atmosphere on the subject matter or simply its physical attributes.
Cindy has studied with nationally recognized artists such as Barbara Jaenicke, Stan Sperlak, and Chuck Ceraso. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC), Northwest Pastel Society (NPS), Treasure Valley Artist Alliance (TVAA), and Plein Air Painters of Idaho (PAPI).
Cindy and her husband Vic reside in Meridian, Idaho. Together they have four children and six grandchildren all of whom enjoy life in the Pacific Northwest.
Recent Awards and Juried Exhibitions:
Pastel Society of the West Coast, Juried Exhibition, 2017 Members Show, General Members - Best In Show
Boldbrush, January 2017, FAV 15%
Minted.com, Spaces and Places Competition, June 2016, Editors Pick
Pastel Society of the West Coast, Juried Exhibition, 2016 Member Show
Boldbrush, Feb. 2016, FAV 15%
Boldbrush, Oct. 2015, Outstanding Pastel
Plein Air Painters of Idaho, Annual Redfish Lake Paint Out, Sept. 2015, Second Place