Cynthia Crocker Scott paints with both oils and water media to explore the limits and possibilities of brilliant color and clarity of design. Her paintings are usually representational, but often explore the boundaries of abstraction. Many of her paintings are called “skyscapes” since the color and light relationship between the sky and sea and land forms are truly the subjects. They reflect her personal responses to sky, land, and sea -- the natural world and man’s built environments. And there is always something new for her art to explore.
Her love of color and light developed into a life direction while studying visual design in college working in stained glass. She continued her art education informally studying scientific illustration during her two museum careers, first in education at Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, and later directing the California Association of Museums.
After moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 1993 she applied her creative skills to exhibit concept design for the new Science City at Union Station Museum. She returned to California in 2002 and now paints en plein air and from her studio on the small farm in Mendocino where she lives with her husband, Bill.
She began studying painting seriously in 1996 with internationally known artists, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Cynthia’s roots are in the western United States, so it is not surprising that the colors of the skies, rocky shores, the ocean and southwestern land forms influence how she sees the world and fill her paintings. Color, whether brilliant or subtle, is the element that drives her to create.
Her paintings have been included and received awards in national and regional exhibitions juried by nationally acclaimed artists. She is an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Mendocino and of the Mendocino Art Center, and is an award-winning member of the Missouri Watercolor Society. Her works are in many private collections and have been shown in numerous public exhibitions. She is represented by Prentice Fine Art Gallery in Fort Bragg, California, Morning Mist Studios in Door County, Wisconsin, and Art Impressions Gallery in Sedalia, Missouri.