artist of the month

Cynthia Murray

Cynthia began her creative pursuits during childhood when she and her five siblings would create summer craft projects under their mother's direction. Eventually conquering skills more complex than gluing greeting cards to scrap pieces of wood, she began to understand how art could be an effective way to communicate ideas that often felt too complex for words, a way to tell her story. Combining that appreciation for art with a love for mathematics and science led her to study landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois.

Designing a wide variety of landscapes throughout the United States as well as international locations often left Cynthia frustrated when construction documents were turned over to teams of contractors, wanting to be a more active participant during that part of the design process when dreams imagined become a physical reality. That frustration led to a search for outlets with the opportunity to develop an idea and follow through to a finished product, crafted by her own hands. Painting and jewelry design allow her to explore different, expressive areas of interest. Each project, whether landscape design, painting, or jewelry design, is a way for Cynthia to interpret the world, not necessarily how she sees it, but how she feels it. "I find that the challenge and the goal is to capture the emotional essence of any subject with a unique style that is hopefully both captivating and thought provoking."