Spring/Summer 2013

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Horses in Art Magazine

An International bi-annual publication dedicated to presenting fine art and the equestrian lifestyle inspired by the majestic beauty and love of the horse

Artist Cynthia Sampson


Cynthia Sampson in Horses in Art magazine

Cynthia Sampson in Horses in Art magazineThe creative use of bold, bright color opposites is an eye-catching individual style of painting from artist Cynthia Sampson that catches one’s attention. Her use of vibrant colors has caught the eye of many as they found themselves attracted to the bright red horse on a “14 Hands” wine bottle label. Her pastel painting “Wild Horses” is the featured artwork of this wine.

Even as a child, Sampson was drawn to use the brightest crayon in the box. She drew tigers in yellow and purple, while zebras transitioned from black and white images to multicolored works of childhood art. It was Sampson’s intense color contrasts that landed her horse art on Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ “14 Hands” label.

An animal artist who works in pastels as well as acrylic and oil stick paintings on gallery canvas, she has a special fondness for horses. In order to photograph horses for her artwork, Sampson often travels to horse shows, ranches, rodeos and also visits wild horse herds. One place she loves to go to is Disappointment Valley in southwest Coloradojust south of where she lives. Here in the Valley, she studies, watches and photographs the Spring Creek wild horse herd.

Several of her horse paintings feature individual horses from this herd. “Mrs. America” is a pastel portrait of a wild mare and her colt done in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue on a black background for contrast. “Topaz” is a portrait of another wild mare painted in yellows and purples on canvas with acrylics and oil paint stick. “Freedom Fighter” is one of Sampson’s newest pastel paintings that captures the wild spirit of the Spring Creek herd.
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“I love being out in Disappointment Valley with the Spring Creek wild horses. Sometimes I only get glimpses of the horses as they thunder away in the distance. Sometimes I get lucky and get to see and study some up close. Horses are naturally curious. I have used that curiosity to get great photos of them. I walk by myself with my camera pretending to just be going for a walk and not interested in them, but something on the ground. When I think that I have their attention, I may even sit down on the ground.

“I have had some horses get fairly close to me wondering what I am doing. I have gotten some great close- up photos with my telephoto lens of the horses in action with the wind blowing through their tangled wild manes.”

Cynthia Sampson  in Horses in Art magazineThis winter in her studio, she revisited her wild horse memories and photos that she took during a trip to Kelly Creek, Nevada and the wild horse herd there. It was from that trip that her pastel painting “Wild Horses” originated from.

Sampson has created a new series of pastels of running horses based on her three horses in “Wild Horses.” There are four paintings: “Wild Red,” “Wild Purple,” and two versions of the third orange, mystery horse entitled “Wild Paint,” and “Wild Tangerine.”

Cynthia Sampson in Horses in Art magazineGetting encouragement from her parents from early in her childhood, she remembers, “Growing up I was always allowed to make creative messes and they never let me run out of art supplies. The best advice I ever received about my artwork was from my dad. He told me, ‘Always listen to every opinion or criticism about your artwork. Sort out what you want and can use to improve your work and throw the rest away. Find your vision. In art, there is no right or wrong way.’”

Cynthia Sampson attended Utah State University where she focused on silk screen and fabric design which has greatly influenced her artistic methods. “I layer pure color and use color combinations next to each other to get the effects that I want. I seldom blend or mix the colors I choose. I loved those fabric design classes. The instructorwanted the students to find theirindividual artistic voices increativity,design and color.We would often stay late intothe night creating and printing our fabric designs.” Sampson has always found a way to use her artistic talents to earn a living. During high school, college and afterwards, she found jobs with newspapers, screen printing shops and sign companies in their art departments. Since 1990, she has been self-employed fulltime with her artwork, ZebraJazzStudio, and her sign business. Sampson participates yearly in several art shows in Colorado. She has artwork at The Great Frame Up in Grand Junction, CO and in her gallery, ZebraJazzStudio. Cynthia Sampson in Horses in Art magazineA member of the International Equine Artists, andThe Pastel Society of Colorado, her artwork continues to win awards. She hasalso been published in Wildlife Art magazine, The Pastel Journal, Spirit of the Road RV Journal, and Telluride Style, in addition to numerous newspaper articles. Sampson has had several solo shows and has her artwork in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She can be reached at her website www.zebrajazzstudio.com or email csampson@ zebrajassstudio.com, or phone (970) 865-2383.




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