Cynthia S. Faw
Cynthia’s work is a visual representation of special places that are associated with the sea and the edges between land and sea. During 30 years of practice as a registered architect, Cynthia has long appreciated how place and memory are intimately related—both in our built environments and cities, and in the natural world. Space forms a powerful context in which our memories are encoded. Having “a sense of place” is essential to our dignity as humans, and it has been long celebrated by aboriginal artists around the world.
In her paintings, Cynthia strives to evoke feelings associated with a particular place and time. Each painting represents a special memory she has made during her travels by sea or land. Navigating extensively in the Salish Sea and the Eastern Caribbean, Cynthia’s trips have consisted of both journeys through the physical world and inner journeys of self-discovery. Her paintings are about both worlds—and how they relate.
This is particularly evident in her “Anchorages” series, where a bird’s-eye view and encoded symbols capture magical memories of overnight anchorages spent aboard sailboats.
Cynthia studied at the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts, where she took two degrees in architecture and developed a love of painting. Retired from 35 years of commercial architectural practice, Cynthia now paints full-time. She is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, and exhibits in the Seattle area--also homeport to her sailing sloop Mirage.