Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month

Cindy Chandler-Guy

Q: What medium do you use for your art?
A: This show is representative of both my work with soft pastels and monotype collages. I also work with watercolors and gauche. 

Q: What is your background?
A: Like many people, my life's journey has been filled with many twists and turns, but art and psychology have always been two distinct, but essential passions. I have an undergraduate degree in art and a Masters in Studio Art from NYU…My focus at that time was sculpture and photography. However, I had always wanted to be a therapist, so I moved to the Valley in 1971 to pursue a doctorate in psychology. By the time the semester rolled around, I had become immersed in doing pottery and I was an original member of the Asparagus Valley Potters' Guild. Though self-taught, I built a business making and selling a line of functional stoneware to over 150 stores across the country.  Over the years, my desire to do therapy persisted, so while potting, I went back to school, earned my MSW, and have spent the last 40 + years as a therapist.  Along the way, in order to integrate creativity into my life, I began taking watercolor classes, and subletting studio space from my teacher and friend, Lynn Peterfreund in the Arts and Industry building at 221 Pine St, in Florence.  I continued to do watercolors, and began exploring pastels, and oils.  In more recent years, now that I’m in my own studio, I've also been doing printmaking, primarily making monotypes and monotype collages. 

Q: How long have you been doing this type of art?
A: I’ve been doing pastels for about 15 years and the monotypes for about 5 years.

Q: What inspires you and how do you get started?
A: My pastels and paintings are usually scenic and representational. I am inspired by the beauty of nature, the farms, gardens and rivers of the Valley, and the breathtaking places around the world that I have been fortunate to visit. I love revisiting the same places in different seasons to re-interrupt them using different palettes. I am constantly taking photographs, both locally and wherever I’m traveling. I love scenes that articulate how light creates patterns of shadows, and how the variations of light during the day and the seasons affect color. I am intrigued by the mystery of pathways, and I often paint en plein air, but do pastels in the studio. Printmaking enabled me to explore working abstractly and more conceptually with color and shapes. As a result, the monotypes/collages I have done fall on a continuum from totally abstract to scenic/representational. The monotype collages in this show are inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and still life forms. I am utilizing colors, shapes, textures, patterns and the layering of multiple inked papers with different markings and degrees of transparency as dominant forces in the pieces in order to create impressionistic and playful compositions. I love incorporating and “recycling" portions of the papers that I have inked for past prints into current ones, and the challenge of creating "a finished puzzle” by arranging the variant pieces of the collage together to form a coherent composition. 

Q: Is there anything else you would like people who view your art to know?
A: A Monotype is a "one of a kind”, “original” piece of art.  It is made by inking/drawing/painting on an acrylic plate that is rolled through a press . Each time the plate can be rolled with a different color/ pattern/ mark, and is wiped clean after each run through the press; hence, the images are non repeatable. The Monotype Collages are constructed by inking/ drawing/ marking an acrylic plate which is then rolled through the press transferring the image onto a background paper. The process is then repeated with other designated papers which have different degrees of transparency. The subsequent inked papers are then pieced together on the background paper into the desired composition and glued into place.

Q: Is any of your art for sale? What is the best way for people to get in touch with you?
A: All my work is for sale. You are welcome to email me at cchandler-guy@comcast.net to arrange a time to see my art in my studio. You can also see a much wider range of my art on the website which I share with my son, Aaron Chandler-Worth, who is a photographer.

PLEASE come to my studio #420, at the "Open Studio Sale", in the Arts and Industry Building at 221 Pine St., Florence, November 13-14, 2021.

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