Cindy Dyson

Artist’s Statement

My fascination with everyday street scenes reflects my hope and struggle to believe that the most beautiful moments in life are not always as expected. Perhaps these precious times are all at once – mundane and frenzied, fragile and strong, peaceful and painful, sunny and dark.

I work with acrylic paint and palette knives.  I find that the endlessness to the variety of mark I can make with these tools challenges and fascinates me.  I love the physicality and range of the knife – aggressive slices, delicate dabs, focused scrapes and thick bold swaths of colour.  The paint is so flexible – I can spray, splatter, blob and pour it. These qualities enable me to express a wide range of emotion in each piece.

I am greatly influenced by the European Impressionists. Their sensitive offerings physically and emotionally connect me to their 19th century world. My application of paint does not result in realistic representation.   Rather, I am satisfied with a rough familiarity and mood of subject.  My goal is to present an intriguing balance of roughness and tenderness; boldness and vulnerability, representation and expression.



Cindy is a Canadian artist born in Winnipeg in 1968. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting in 2009. She continues to live in her birth city.

Cindy was the recipient of the 2007 UMSU Scholarship Award. Cindy’s work is part of several private collections and the Manitoba Provincial Art Collection (2009 and 2011). She has exhibited in several group and solo shows. In 2011 Cindy was awarded with a Manitoba Arts Council Grant for her solo show at the Portage and Arts District Centre. “Pursuit” was exhibited in the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the 2012 Manitoba Society of Artists juried show. “Art Critics” won second place in the Manitoba Society of Artists Juried Show in 2014. Cindy’s work has been juried and chosen to exhibit in Winnipeg, Illinois, Toronto, and California.

Cindy applies acrylic paints to canvas using palette knives, fingers, spray bottles and found objects. Her work plays with the flexibility of the paint, from a thin wash to heavy broad swaths of colour. Cindy is strongly influenced by artists who painted the everyday; like the 19th century Impressionists.