Cynthia K. Mullins, an award-winning painter and native of Connecticut, has an aesthetic and inquisitive sense towards the world and the art she creates. She enjoys painting a range of subjects including florals and landscapes. For the last few years she has pursued her interest in bridging abstraction with realism using the historical subject matter of flora. Using floral images, her paintings explore intimate compositions, graceful or sharper lines, value shifts, varied texture, space and overall mood. Most of her current works are in oil, but she will use watercolor or acrylic as under-paintings to add dimensional interest. Her painting surfaces vary using linen, paper, board, aluminum and stainless steel; the favored substrate is flat and smooth in order to allow for her own gestural painting texture.
Ms. Mullins has exhibited her work in many solo, juried and group shows in such Connecticut venues as the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Nylen Gallery, The Silvermine Galleries, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Merritt Parkway Museum, Rene Soto Gallery, and the Rockwell Gallery; in New York City, the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim and Prince Street Galleries. Ms. Mullins is also regionally known for her Merritt Parkway Series. Her paintings have sold and found homes in many states across the country and she has won numerous awards for her oils and pastels including Best in Show in 2016 at the New Canaan Carriage Barn Art Center’s Juried Spectrum Exhibit, Second Prize in 2017 at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 40th Juried Exhibition and an award of Excellence from NY Times art critic Benjamin Genocchio at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 30th Annual Juried Exhibition in 2008.
Ms. Mullins’ roots run deep, as she is the great, great granddaughter and great, great grandniece of renowned Hudson Valley River School painters Aaron Draper Shattuck and Samuel Colman. She sits on the board of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists as Co-Creative Director, is a juried member of the Silvermine Artist Guild, New Canaan, and the National Association of Women Artists, NYC, as well as a member of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, The Artist Collective of Westport and various other organizations.