“Through color and texture, I draw the viewer into the environment I have created,” says Walton. “While the physical nature of the horizon is not always obvious, it is a theme which runs through my work. Additionally, the layered application of cold wax and paint adds to the originality of each of these abstracts.
In fact, Walton’s mastery of versatility in medium and mood captured the attention of regional art enthusiasts in 2010 with her introduction of the cold wax medium - consisting of a beeswax paste mixed with oil paints for a matte, layered texture - into her repertoire. The result has generated a furor of interest among discerning collectors and experts in the U.S. and abroad. Recently accepted to the juried National Association of Women Artists, Walton enjoys emerging prestige as an artist with increasing significance in the national arena.
Selected work from Walton’s signature, color-driven Landscape series compared favorably to mid-20th century Colorist Hans Hoffman in a 2011 exhibit at Asheville Museum of Art.
With her growing reputation as a significant artist to watch, fresh artistic vision, and an awe-inspiring mastery of technique and style, the demand for Walton’s works has increased, and her workshops for professional artists have sold out repeatedly. Most recently, in June 2012, she was an artist in residence at the prestigious Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
“The cold wax medium has totally changed the way I approach painting,” says Walton. “It offers opportunities to develop complexity through layers of introspective and emotional interpretations.”
For Walton, being an artist isn’t something she does, it’s who she is: bright, decisive, present, emotive, evocative, intelligent and saturated with complexity.
“I’m simply happy to be able to do something I love, and share it with others who find beauty and meaning in the work,” she says. “Fine art is meant to be enjoyed. For someone to choose to live with one of my paintings is the highest praise of all.”
The exhibit of Walton’s work runs through July 1-31, 2012, with the opening reception Wednesday, July 6, from 6-8 p.m. For more information on Cindy Walton, visit http://www.cindywalton.com, and learn more about the Charleston, S.C. Atelier Gallery, 153 King Street, visit www.theateliergalleries.com, or call (843) 722-5668.