I find an honesty and poetry in common humble subjects—embracing their inherent beauty and celebrating their significance. It is this connection to the visual, tactile and emotional world of my surroundings that compels me to share my experience. I use a simplified composition to create a feeling of intimacy.  No two painting experiences are the same. The dynamics of this challenge brings breakthroughs of new discovery where understanding and growth collide with the knowledge that there is still much to be mastered...and so my artist's journey continues. 

CYNTHIA FEUSTEL is a traditional oil painter and portrait artist who has painted the human face and figure for over twenty years. She studied art at Penn State University before receiving her degree in Fashion Illustration from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After following a career in graphic design she turned her attention to the fine art of classical oil painting.

Whether capturing an introspective moment of a figure or the quiet stillness in an arrangement of treasured objects, the subjects in her paintings are sensitively rendered inviting viewers into the narratives she portrays. Mastery of light, color, and composition paired with emotionally evocative moods has garnered her work significant awards.  Her paintings have been featured in national art publications and exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. Her work is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD and West Wind Fine Art in Keene, NH.

 

Largely self-taught and fueled by the belief that one should never stop learning, Feustel is eager to share her knowledge and experience by mentoring others in the classical traditions of oil painting. She works full-time as a commissioned portrait artist, still life painter and teacher in her Colorado Springs studio.

AFFILIATIONS:

  • American Women Artists- Signature Member 

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society- Signature Member

  • International Guild of Realism

  • Oil Painter's of America

  • Women Artist's of the West

  • Heartland Art Club - Signature Member

AWARDS:

  • Award of Excellence, American Women Artists 2020 National Exhibition

  • SECOND PLACEWomen Artists of the West 2020 National Exhibition

  • BEST of SHOW, Women Artists of the West 2018 National Exhibition

  • Award for Figurative Excellence, Women Artists of the West 2018 National Exhibition

  • FIRST PLACE, Rocky Mountain Horse Expo's 9th Annual Art Show 2018

  • Merit Award, Women Artists of the West 2017 National Exhibition

  • Award of Excellence, Oil Painter's of America 2016 Salon Show

  • Award of Excellence, American Women Artists 2016 National Exhibition

  • FIRST PLACE Master Class, Art Muse Competition, July 2016

  • Award of Excellence, National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) Spring 2016 International On-Line Exhibition

  • Finalist, American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show, 2016

  • Finalist, National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, International Online Salon, Spring 2015

  • Finalist, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center International 2012/2013 ARC Salon

  • 2nd Place Award, FASO/Bold Brush Competition, December 2012

  • Honors Award, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition 2012

  • Finalist, International Artist Magazine, Dec 2011

  • Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition, 2011

  • Finalist, Figurative Category, Art Renewal Center International 2010/2011 ARC Salon

  • Honorable Mention, The Artist's Magazine, All-Media Online Competition 2011

  • Top 50 Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine "Over 31 Competition", November 2010

  • Finalist, Fine Art Views (Bold Brush), November 2010

  • Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, November 2010

  • Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, October 2010

  • Honors Award, Inspiring Figures, Butler Institute of American Art, Sept 2010

  • Finalist, International Artist Magazine, August 2010

  • Finalist, Raymar Fine Art Competition, June 2010

 

EXHIBITIONS:

   2020 (Including Upcoming Exhibitions)       

  • Oil Painter's of America 2020 National Exhibition, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

  • International Guild of Realism Spring Salon Exhibition 2020

  • NOAPS Best of America Small Works 2020 National Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD

  • American Women Artists: Making Their Mark Exhibition, Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA

  • Women Artists of the West 50th Anniversary National Exhibition, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ

  • Gratitude Exhibition, Kreuser Gallery,  Colorado Springs, CO 

  2019 

  • A Tradition of Excellence: American Women Artists, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

  • McBride Gallery, "Small Gems", Annapolis, MD

  • West Wind Fine Art, Holiday Open House. Keene, NH

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) Fall International Online Exhibition

  • Heartland Invitational: ​A Survey of Excellence, St. Louis, MO

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Best of America 2019 National, Montgomery-Lee Gallery, Park City, UT

  • McBride Gallery,  "Tonalism, Impressionism and Perceptualism", Annapolis, MD

  • American Women Artists, "Looking West", Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Oil Painter's of America 2019 National Exhibition, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George UT

  • West Wind Fine Art, Spring Open House, Colorado Springs, CO 

 

  2018​

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society 2018 International Fall Online Exhibition

  • Mountain Oyster Club Art Show and Sale, Tucson, AZ

  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Small Works Great Wonders Art Sale, Oklahoma City, OK,  

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) Best of America National Exhibition, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH,  2018

  • Women Artists of the West 48th National Exhibition, Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, OK

  • West Wind Fine Art, "Figures, Flowers & Delightful Friends", Colorado Springs, CO

  • American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museum,  Stockton, CA

  • Oil Painter's of America National Exhibition, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO

  • McBride Gallery, The Art of Story Telling: A Narrative Show, Annapolis, MD

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) Best of America Small Works National, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN

  • American Impressionists Society Small Works, Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

  • Montana Miniatures Show, Out West Art Show, Great Falls, MT

  • Rocky Mountain Horse Expo’s 9th Annual Art Show, National Western Complex, Denver, CO

  • Arts at Denver Gallery, Annual Valentine's Show, Denver, CO

   2017

  • Women Artists of the West (WAOW) 47th National Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD

  • Mountain Oyster Club Art Show and Sale, Tucson, AZ

  • Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d'Alene Galleries, Sept 2017, Coeur d'Alene, ID

  • Montana Miniatures Show, Great Falls, MT

  • Art Muse Exhibition, Jack Meier Gallery, Huston, TX

   2016​

  • Oil Painter's of America 2016 Western Regional Exhibition, Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Oil Painter's of America 2016 Salon Exhibition,  Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, IN

  • American Women Artists 2016 National Exhibition,  Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

  • Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d'Alene Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, ID

  • Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls, MT

   2015​

  • Traveling the West Art Show, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • Oil Painter's of America 2015 Western Exhibition, Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Rawhide and Spurs, Mountain Trails Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

   2014​

  • Art For Life, 2014, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO,

  • Oil Painter's of America 2014 Western Regional Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA

  2010-2013

  • Oil Painter's of America 2013 Juried Salon, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI

  • Solo Exhibition, February 2013, Rip Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, OR

  • Oil Painter's of America 2012 Western Regional Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO

  • Oil Painter's of America 2011 Western Regional Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries, Calistoga, CA

  • Solo Exhibition, July 2011, Turpin Gallery, Jackson, WY

  • Oil Painter's of America 2011 National Exhibition, Devin Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID

  • Salon International 2011 Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

  • Salon International 2010 Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

  • Inspiring Figures, Portrait Society of America, 2010, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • Oil Painter's of America 2010 Western Regional Juried Show, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, WY

 

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Art of the West - January/February 2019, "Poetry in Paint",  four-page feature article

  • Southwest Art Magazine - November 2017, "Women Artists of the West"

  • Fine Art Connoisseur - December 2016, "The Enduring Appeal of Youth"

  • Western Art Collector - October 2015, "Traveling the West"

  • Southwest Art Magazine - December 2012, "Artistic Excellence" winners

  • Southwest Art Magazine - January 2012, "The Human Experience"

  • International Artist Magazine - December/January 2012

  • International Artist Magazine - August/September 2010

Southwest Art Magazine
November 2017, "Women Artists of the West"
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
December 2016, "The Enduring Appeal of Youth"
Southwest Art Magazine
January 2012, "The Human Experience"
Southwest Art Magazine
December 2012, "Artistic Excellence" winners
International Artist Magazine
December/January 2012
International Artist Magazine
August/September 2010
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Cynthia Feustel Fine Art

Colorado Springs, CO     cmfeustel@gmail.com   

814-591-6687

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Southwest Art Magazine

November 2017, "Women Artists of the West"