Cynthia MacCollum is a painter, printmaker and designer who lives and works in New Canaan, CT. She graduated from Washington University in St Louis with a major in Art History and a minor in Fine Art and completed additional studies at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT and The Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her work has been featured in galleries, shows and juried exhibits in Connecticut, Philadelphia and New York. Earlier in her career she had her own business designing scarves, which were sold at a range of major department stores and boutiques as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
MacCollum has always been an artist and painter, but when she discovered printmaking a door was opened to a process that is at once magical and disciplined. Themes are discovered through her process of creating one small painting every day, and then evolve further through the transformative printmaking process. The marks and layers that accumulate on the printing plates add depth and contribute to the inherent story, implying a life lived or a patina of age. She finds inspiration in fragments of nature held close for reflection. She employs a personal vocabulary of fluid marks and organic imagery to express the sensual pleasure and ephemeral quality of the natural world. Within this realm, her work varies from representational to abstract, with a decided recent tilt towards abstraction.