My paintings are a psychological exploration of a developing sense of self and place. But, they are also about the materials of painting – the ground, and the paint moving across the surface. The physicality of their structure emphasizes the psychological content, and while I am interested in the emotionally powerful moments of life, I am also attracted to the viscosity of paint and gestural movement across the picture plane. I search for that edge, that unsettled feeling, creating imagery that is purposefully ambiguous. My imagined world is slightly threatening, as if something slightly ominous or uncomfortable has happened or will happen, but the viewer is not aware of the specifics of the situation.
Cindy Rivarde resides in Maryland and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA), the University of Connecticut (JD), and Towson University (MFA). In addition to her work as an artist, she has worked as a scenic artist, a lawyer, and an economic developer. As a scenic artist, she worked at the Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theater, PlayMakers Theatre, and Center Stage. She received the Paul and Elizabeth Green Award for women in theater in 1988 . She has also studied at the Art Students League and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Commissions accepted.