Cynthia grew up in Illinois just outside of Chicago graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Art Education. She taught art at the high school level for a few years before taking time off to raise her 3 sons. It wasn't until her kids were nearly grown that Cynthia began drawing, painting and sculpting again after a long but important hiatus.
It was during this hiatus Cynthia was introduced to the art of the Madonnari as a spectator, but not until 2007 did she begin getting serious about it.
Today Cynthia travels worldwide to share her "street chalk art" and while at home in Southern California enjoys painting murals, drawing pastel portraits, sculpting and is currently writing and illustrating her first children's book.
I am an artist. I suppose I always have been. When I was very young, I would draw Disney characters, cartoon characters, fashion models or horses. Isn't that how all artists begin? In school I was always the person chosen to make the decorations for a dance, or make the poster announcing an event. In High School, I drew the cover of Elton John's Yellow Brick Road album on my entire bedroom wall using soft pastels. Thank goodness my parents supported my creative desires because it was a mess! Years later, I discovered the art of the madonarri which used the same soft pastels I used on my bedroom wall but this time it was done in the street! I couldn't believe it! I had no idea people actually did large murals in soft pastels, let alone on city streets! I guess you could say I've been a Madonarri ever since this discovery. I'm hooked.