Cindy Carrillo | Carillo Studios

Artist Bio

Cindy is an accomplished oil painter, watercolorist, and mixed media maker, whose work has been featured in galleries across the Southwest. Her work has appeared in Southwest Art Magazine and has received awards at juried events from the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of Colorado, Arizona Plein Air Painters, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Estes Park Plein Air, Southern California Artists, and more. She has served on the panel of judges for juried shows including the 50th Anniversary of the Catalina Festival of the Arts. Cindy has also held multiple solo exhibitions at the MayoClinic, a place that holds very special meaning to her. Cindy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and many hours with her mentor, Darlene Swaim. Her greatest art influences include Sheila Hicks, Louise Nevelson, Paul Cezanne, Richard Diebenkorn, and many more.

She is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of Colorado and a Founding Member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters.  Cindy is inspired by the natural world and loves to share her passion with others through Plein air workshops in California and her native state of Arizona. Her classes seek to make painting less intimidating for the novice and communicate the importance of painting from life. The concepts she teaches are to learn to see, not imitate what others do but see for themselves and then learn the tools/skills of painting so the student can find their own voice. Her choice of media depends totally upon what the scene demands.

Artist Statement

 “I strive to be honest and to express myself in a direct way, bypassing the rules in order to preserve creative freedom. I hope that my work will evoke a memory or a special feeling in the viewer, a memory that will come back to them each time they look at the work.”