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Fine Artist Cindy Walton Featured Instructor at Ghost Ranch, N.M.
Emerging artists from across the U.S. converge at the arts center May 14-20 to study technique with award-winning, nationally recognized Asheville artist in residence.
By: Sherri McLendon
About the Artist
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.
Now, working predominantly in the Cold-Wax medium, her current “Horizon Lines” series creates elegant, subtle palettes layered to create intricate jewel-like canvas treasures. In fact, her 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.
With her growing reputation as a significant artist to watch, 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.
About the Event
Artists attending “Abstration and Cold Wax” will explore the diversity of the medium, which can be used with oil paints, pigment sticks, and powdered pigments. The cold-wax medium lends itself to experimentation with non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic, but without the fumes and heat. As the exciting medium gains popularity, it opens doors for painters to explore new vistas and bring a fresh eye to artist vision.
“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.”
For more information on Cindy Walton, visit http://www.cindywalton.com, and learn more about the Ghost Ranch event at http://www.ghostranch.org/
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Sherri L. McLendon is a communication strategist, writer, and educator located in Western North Carolina.