Introducing Artist and True Inspiration Cindy Wider

July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am (Uncategorized)

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Self Portrait”                “Old Rattler”             Commissioned Artwork        “The Holiday”

Cindy Wider was born in Brisbane Queensland 1968 then at the age of three years she moved with her family to live in the Western Highlands Provence of Papua New Guinea where she spent most of her early childhood. With very few toys and little access to technology, her mother encouraged her to draw and write from an early age. At the age of eleven years Cindy moved with her family back to Brisbane then a year later to her grandfather’s dairy farm in Port Lincoln South Australia. Once again in isolation, she continued her love of drawing and writing and had her first story published in a collection of writings at the age of fourteen years.
Living in rural Australia without access to formal art instruction Cindy became frustrated with her lack of painting and drawing skills and resigned to the fact that she just wasn’t gifted enough to be able to draw. It wasn’t until almost ten years later as an adult that she developed renewed interest in Painting and drawing.
Painting became a form of therapy when at the age of twenty three years Cindy became unable to walk more that a couple of meters due to the debilitating effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  After setting goals to get to the letterbox in her yard she realised the power of goal-setting for the first time in her life and decided that more than anything in the world she wanted to learn to paint and draw. At first she began to paint realistic images then while studying by correspondence for a diploma in art, she developed her unique bright bold hard-edge semi-abstract style. After attracting the support of the South Austrailan Country Arts Trust, over an eight year period Cindy became one of the town’s most valued artists.
A professional artist with eighteen years of experience in the art industry, Cindy Wider is an award-winning gallery-represented artist now living and painting in Noosa Australia. Cindy is currently represented by The Cooper Gallery and is also a highly respected art educator and author. She is the author of the book “Paint In Your Pyjamas” as well as many art courses.
In 2007 Cindy joined forces with Canadian author and artist Brenda Hoddinott (author of “Drawing for Dummies” and “The Complete Idiots Guide to Drawing People”) to become a world-renown art educator through Brenda’s website Drawpspace.com. Here Cindy operates seven virtual classrooms teaching a student base of up to 60 people within the world’s largest and fastest growing recreational art tuition website. Cindy is a passionate, caring and enthusiastic art educator devoted to sharing her knowledge of art with others.

More words of wisdom to come before her work goes on display as part of Mirror but if you can’t wait find out more about Cindy on her website www.paintpj.com

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