Layer by layer
Tulsan infuses her paintings with wishes and dreams.
Cynthia Brown works on a new painting, “Under a Blanket of Blue,” at her studio.
In Cynthia Brown’s early 20s, painting emerged as her first love. She studied it in college and eventually crossed over into ceramics before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. Brown also taught high school art for 10 years in Tulsa Public Schools.
“Teaching was a wonderful thing for my career and my formation as an artist,” she says.
In 2013, Brown retired from secondary education and dedicated herself full time to painting. She received a Tulsa Artist Fellowship in 2017 and has settled into her TAF studio downtown in the Archer Building. Brown has instructed adult workshops, including a session with members of the Women in Recovery program.
“I love what I’m doing because I get to totally immerse myself in my art and give back to the community,” she says. “I learn things every day just by doing and teaching, and I’m so grateful.”
Brown’s vibrant style jumps off the canvas in much the same way it is painted on: with large, rhythmic strokes as she dances to music and moves around her studio. Graceful, flowing lines, color and repetition are used to infuse energy into her work.
“I like to paint with a lot of action,” Brown says. “To me, art is healing. I embed my paintings with wishes, dreams, hopes and visual manifestations of how I’ve made my life happen as a full-time artist.”
For more of Brown’s work, visit cynthiaannebrown.com.