By Julia Johnson
Every Saturday Salem Art Works has a booth at the Salem Farmers Market. We have a table filled with promotional flyers, catalogues and SAW merchandise to sell. We also bring an artist to feature at the booth. This past week, we brought Cynthia Rosen, She is exhibiting her work in The Cary House Gallery, with ceramicist Regis Brodie. Cynthia brought a "pein air" set up to paint the farmers market. ("En pein air" is a French expression for painting outdoors; it translates to "in the open air"). Her demonstration was a popular attraction at the market, and she chatted with the audience while she painted.
Cynthia paints abstract "pein air" pieces, with bold blocks of color, mostly blues and warm tones that define the space. She paints with confident strokes of color and assertive scrapes of paint that come together to create a truly beautiful landscape. Using a pallet knife and brush, she paints dry landscapes such as desserts and cities, and lush, complex, forests and mountain ranges. All of her paintings depict solitude and feel intense because of the sharp edges and details. Her paintings make the viewer feel as though they are right in the landscape; engrossed by the beauty of nature. Resembling stained glass, her crisp lines are deeply invigorating.