Miles Runs the Voodoo DownCynthia Chartier
Oil paint, cold wax, metal, found objects, Egyptian fabric, sheet music, manuscript, Russian newsprint, spray paint on Stretched linen
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
60 " h x 60 " w x 1.5 " d |15 lbs. 5 oz.
For Cynthia Chartier, music is her greatest source of inspiration and sets the tone of her work for the day. This painting was inspired by Miles Davis's masterpiece album Bitches Brew. "His music has the most beautiful balance of order and chaos in harmony," says Cynthia. The painting has thick impasto texture in certain areas to mirror the texture in the sound.
Cynthia Chartier combines research and her imagination to create rich backstories about the musicians and poets in her works. She starts each oil painting with a story in mind, and applies rich jewel tones and mixed-media elements, including rare African textiles, foreign newsprint, and manuscripts. In art school, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and Barbara Woods were Cynthia's greatest influences. After graduating, she was swept into the magical world of theater. The Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach hired Cynthia as their scenic artist painting sets. Then, she moved on to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre as their scenic artist painting 40-foot drops and set decoration. Now, she creates her fine art paintings from her studio, which is a well-organized space in her home, and she explains, "the energy is clear and free to take my thoughts mixed with music to that place where you lose yourself and the painting takes on a life of its own." She cares for her tropical fish, a lionhead bunny, and a cat, who are best buddies. Cynthia loves wild animals, and she volunteers at a big cat wildlife rescue, designs aquascapes, and rides Arabian horses.