Light and shadow define a space and make a moment in time exceptional. As a photographer, I am able to use light and shadow as line and shape in different combinations.  I love using the built environment in my imagery because of the possibilities it offers, including pattern and texture.   I aim to make images that share the feelings such places evoke – especially those that might be overlooked.

I bridge this into my drawing and painting work, with the addition of thinking about brush and stroke while creating. If I include the human figure, I think similarly and consider the emotion that can be expressed through the composition. Most importantly, each image is the outcome of some sort of connection; often it is between myself and a place, between the forms within the image itself, and sometimes between something specific to something universal.

I aim to stay curious and find these connections while creating images. This is why I have been continuing to explore different mediums and work both abstractly and representationally.  I hope the viewer of my pieces can find their entry point to their own moments of wonder at the many relationships that are possible.


Cynthia works in a variety of mediums and styles within the visual arts including photography, painting, and drawing. She is presently focusing on how light and shadow define a moment in a specific space and how seeking this changes one’s sense of awareness and connection.   The industrial waterfronts of Brooklyn, Queens, Jersey City, and Bayonne NJ have become points of inspiration for much of her drawing and photography, which focus on the built environment at present. She works and lives in Brooklyn NY where she grew up, but has been frequently capturing imagery in New Jersey in recent years.

Cynthia holds a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design, New School for Social Research and an MA in Urban Education from Adelphi University. She also studied dance education at the Harkness Center after studying Chinese Martial Arts for several years. As an educator since 2005, she has implemented strategies to develop student’s creativity, critical thinking and metacognition in the elementary classroom and teaches gifted and talented students.

Cynthia has been included in several juried shows. These include “Building Patterns” at Artlab Gallery (2024), “Drawing Beyond the Surface” (2024), Abstract/Abstraction” (2023)  and “Blood or Bond” (2023) exhibits through Long Island City Artists. She also had drawings and paintings included in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition National Juried Show “Femme Ensembles” to support women’s rights in 2022.