Cindy Dyson, a Royalwood artist first profiled in September 2012 in The Lance is presently showing her work, Twilight, in the 2012 Women’s Works international exhibition in Woodstock, Ill.
The exhibition is a juried competition. Dyson was selected from hundreds of submissions, and this is her first appearance.
Dyson grew up in Winnipeg, spent time living in a rural area and moved to Royalwood in 2009. On the weekends, she takes long walks to relax and enjoy the beautiful neighbourhood wildlife.
Dyson finds that the Bois-des-Esprits and the local trails provide a contrast to the urban and abstract themes that dominate her work.
Dyson always knew she would be an artist.
"I was always drawing when I was young. I had an innate sense I was meant to do this," she says.
Dyson says she uses the sights and sounds of places she has visited as her inspiration.
"I first take photographs everywhere I go. The sights, sounds, and smells can be overwhelming. Then I sit down and pick out what I’ve missed as a focal point for the next piece. I want to visually articulate my total experience.
"For example, in one of the cities I’ve visited, the fire hydrants are yellow. I didn’t notice it at the time but once I went back to my photos, this detail jumped out at me as distinct," she explains.
"I’ve heard that every time a person looks at a piece of mine, they see something they hadn’t before."
Working in acrylic on canvas, Dyson uses the paint "somewhat structurally" to add texture and depth to her pieces. Dyson never uses a traditional brush, applying the paint with a palette knife or utensils such as a spatula, or nails, or "whatever makes an interesting mark on the canvas".
Dyson has numerous Winnipeg clients. Her works are available for viewing and purchase in Winnipeg at Birchwood and Pulse galleries and now at the Canvas Gallery in Toronto. Dyson is in talks with international galleries in Europe, and Eastern and Western Canada to have her works displayed.
Dyson wants to encourage young artists to pursue their dreams.
"As long as you are happy, that’s what counts", says Dyson.
"Putting your innermost thoughts out there is not easy, but keep at it. You just have to keep working and not get disheartened by rejection."
Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing Dyson’s works can go to www.cindydyson.blogspot.com, or contact the Pulse Gallery at 204-957-7140; www.pulsegallery.ca, or the Birchwood Gallery at 204-888-5840; www.birchwoodartgallery.com.
Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.