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 Cynthia Britain  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: plein-air landscape, seascape, figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted July 2004, is from the artist.

Cynthia Britain was introduced to the Impressionist movement as a fine arts major at Fullerton College in California where she was deeply influenced by both French and Early California Impressionist styles. She continued studying art at UCLA and the Putney College of Art in England.

Her work for the past decade has been inspired by the natural landscape and coastal areas of California, as well as other states and European locations. In the past two years her areas of interest as a painter have expanded to include figurative work, specifically figures in landscapes and interiors, and some florals and still lifes. At this time she is very interested in furthering her development and interpretation of these new subjects while continuing to paint the landscape that she loves.

She has been greatly inspired and impassioned by Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, Marion Wachtel and Edgar Degas. Each of these master artists has had a profound influence on her artistic development and affected her work in different ways.

Cynthia has been recognized with numerous awards for both her landscapes and figurative work including a gold medal from the San Diego Museum of Art. She is current President, co-founder and signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Cynthia is also a member of California Art Club and Oil Painters of America. She is known for her recognizable painterly style, strong composition and her virtuosity in handling different subjects.

Featured on back page of Southwest Art, August 2000
Southwest Art - Best of the West - July 2003
Southwest Art - Best of the West - May 2002

Gold Medal Award - San Diego Museum of Art, Juried Exhibition
Silver Medal Award - Plein Air Competition - Carmel, California
Chosen top 100 - Arts for the Park - 2004
Oklahoma National Juried Art Show- Omniplex Museum- Cash Award
Laguna Canyon Foundation Permanent Collection - funded by grant award from the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie Clarke Foundation
California State Parks Foundation Presidents award
Honorable Mention - American Plains Artists National Juried Exhibit
Scholarship Award - Scottsdale Artists School

2004 Top 100 Arts for the Parks, National Exhibition, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2004 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
2004 Oklahoma National Juried Art Show
2003 Center Club - solo exhibit, Costa Mesa, CA
2003 OPA Western Regional Exhibition at Waterhouse Gallery, CA
2003 Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters of
Fine Art, TX
2003-4 Beaux Arts Ball, Scottsdale Artist School, Annual Art
Auction, AZ
2003 Lee Youngman, "Wine, Women & Song" Show, Calistoga, CA
1999- 2003 Laguna Art Museum Invitational Plein Air Painting
2001 Joan Irvine Smith Fine Arts Images of Crystal Cove
1998 Exhibited in the Brief Family Gallery - Laguna Art Museum
1998 LPAPA Back Bay Exhibit - Orange County Museum of Art
1997 Southern California Open Juried Exhibition - Laguna Art
1997 Plein Air Competition - Carmel, California
1996 - 1999 Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach


Laguna Plein Air Painters Association President, Founding and
Signature Member
California Art Club - Artist Member
Oil Painters of America Artist Member

Biography from Chemers Gallery:
Artist Statement:
"My intent is to express the intrinsic truth and beauty of my subject.  To reveal the power or presence of spirit in a place or person.  I am inspired by what I feel and by what I see...They reflect one another."

Cynthia's favorite activities are twofold - painting and spending time in nature.  It is the combination of these two passions that have resulted in her becoming an award winning plein-air painter.  "I can't imagine a more gratifying experience than painting outdoors while listening to the birds sing and feeling the sun on my face."

While majoring in fine art at Fullerton College, Cynthia was introduced to the Impressionist painters.  She continued her studies at UCLA and Putney College of Art in England.  Both the French Impressionists and the early California Impressionists deeply influenced the direction and concentration of her work.  Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the Yucatan Peninsula area all locales where she has enjoyed painting, but California holds a special place in her heart.

"Future generations will not have the experience of this quickly disappearing natural landscape. I aspire to create a permanent repository of these unique places in my paintings."

Cynthia Britain's work has been shown at The Laguna Art Museum, The Orange County Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Art, where she was awarded a Gold Medal. 

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