Cynthia Lewis SWA

About Cynthia

I was brought up to appreciate all the different arts and love of creative expression. Since my schooldays, now over 70 years ago, I have liked to draw and paint and my skills developed, so that, when needed, I was able to help my three sons with their art homework. When time became more available, I embarked on a path of more formal training. First, through evening classes, then a full-time foundation followed by a college course, with classes in sculpture, and drawing & painting in various media. On the way, I gained an A-level in Art and a Diploma in Art & Design.

Later, when I went to the Institute, I continued my training in sculpture as well as in other media. After about 5 years, I decided to specialise in sculpture: modelling and carving in wood and stone, and a turning point came about 20 years ago, when I discovered the joy of modelling in wax.

My Work

I have been developing and refining the necessary skills to model first animals and then birds. To transfer the beauty and strength I can see, whilst simultaneously trying to capture their essential nature, energy and fluidity together with a feeling of movement, into a static three-dimensional form. I find that everything I do has to have movement.

I see shapes, often in the stone I carve, I then create unique forms from the images in my mind's eye. Using wax I create models giving movement to animals, birds and abstracted forms, sometimes derived from photographs which I then have cast into bronze or other materials.

I feel particularly proud that my work was recognised by an invitation in April 2007, to become an Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists. Then in 2014, I was delighted to be awarded full membership.

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