Cynthia burke


Cynthia lives and paints in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited through out the east coast. She works in oil and often hand paints and gold leafs her frames. For the last twenty years she has painted out of her studio in the McGuffey Art Center, one of the oldest artists cooperatives in the U.S.

The diversity of the natural world yields a never-ending supply of subjects for my paintings.  The deeper I look into the animal world the more intrigued I become. The lithographs of the early naturalists of the 18 and 19th centuries are a wonderful source of inspiration, as are the photos I may take myself at the local poultry show. 

For some reason I never place my subjects in their natural environment it seems far more interesting to give them a little of ours. The result is sometimes humorous and, I hope, often thought provoking. I often use the style of a formal portrait. There is a dignity in the portrait form, that underlines the dignity I see in animals. Often my subjects appear “caught in the act” by the viewer. What  really goes on in the mind of any animal we will never  know. So the accessories I put in my paintings which seem to take them into our world sometimes point to just the opposite, how truly they will never be of our world, they will always be aloof and mysterious.”