Artist’s Statement
I use pure brilliant color in layers, juxtaposing color opposites to create a bold unique style of painting.
My artwork becomes a visual record of my emotions and memories of the individual animals that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in life.

Style and Medium

I am primarily a representational colorist specializing in brightly colored acrylic, oil paint stick and pastel paintings of animals.
I am currently working on paintings of horses, bulls & cows , roosters & chickens as well as wild and fantasy animals.


Horses in Art Magazine: Spring/Summer 2013
Telluride Style:
Summer/Fall 2006 - “Inside Telluride’s Cultural Landscape & Locals Gallery”
Spirit of the Road: Winter 2006 - “Western Horizons Resort Art Gallery”
Wildlife Art Magazine: May/June 2005 - “Blazing Horses, Chickens & Cows”
Pastel Journal: June 2005 - “A Horse of A Different Color”,

Special Projects 
Book Cover - “Teasing out the Divine” by Ellen Metrick

Telluride Aids Benefit Silent Art Auction - "Glamberella" 2014, "MS. Wonder Woman" 2013, “Cherry Cordial” 2012,
“Raspberry Divine” 2011, “Purple Rein” 2009
Painted  Violins, Special commissions for the Minnesota Orchestra -  "Magic of the Silk Road" 2017, "Gems of Brazil" 2015

Painted Violin, Denver Young Artists Orchestra - "Colorado Wild, Wild Horses" 2015 -2016 season
Painted Violins, Telluride Chamber Music Festival
- "Brahms' Butterflies" 2013, “Chamber Music in Ice“ 2012, “Got Moosic?” 2011,“Endangered Symphony” 2009, “Navajo Gems“ 2008
“Wild Horses” pastel chosen by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville WA for their “14 Hands” wine labels with national and worldwide distribution.
Design “Primarily Bull” chosen to be included in the 2002 “Trail of the Painted Ponies” project in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Exhibitions & Awards

Pastel Society of Colorado Members Show: Honorable Mention 2017, 2014, 1st Place 2012, 1st Place 2002, 3rd Place 2000
Pastel Society of Colorado “Pastel Award” at 1997 Edge of Cedars Show in Cedaredge Colorado.

American Art Awards: 3rd Place Humor, 6th Place Innovative 2015
Montrose Visual Arts Show, Montrose Colorado:
2nd Place 2017, 3rd Place 2016, 2nd Place 2014, Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place 2013, 2nd Place & 3 Honorable Mentions 2012, 3rd Place 2005, 1st Place 2004, 3rd Place 2003, Honorable Mention 2000 & 1997.

Edge of Cedars Annual Show, Cedaredge Colorado: 1st Place & Honorable Mention 2017, 1st Place 2016,1st Place 2015,
Two 2nds & Cash Award 2014, 3rd Place & Honorable Mention 2013, Honorable Mention 2012 & 2010, 2nd Place,
Honorable Mention 2004, 3rd Place 2002, 1st Place & Cash Award 2001, two 1st Place & a 2nd Place 1997.

Fall Art Festival, Glenwood Springs Colorado: 3rd Place 2013, 1st Place 2012, Honorable Mention 2011, 3rd Place 2010, 1st Place 2009, Honorable Mention 2006, 3rd Place 2004, 2nd Place 2003, Honorable Mention 2002 & 2001.
San Miguel Basin Art Fair, Norwood Colorado: Grand Champion 2017, People’s Choice 2016, 2015, 2011, 2008 & 2004,
Best of Show 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1991

Palisade Art Lover’s, Palisade Colorado: 1st Place, 2nd Place (Landmark), Honorable Mention 2004.
Art Splash National Show, Graham Texas: Juried in 2004, “Jewel of India”

Pastel Society of Colorado
Institute of Equine Artists

Solo Shows
"Wild Wild Equines" featured artist, Main Street Gallery, Grand Junction Colorado, October 2016 
"Alligators to Zebras"
at The Livery, Norwood Colorado, December 2013
“Pure Color“ at The Livery, Norwood Colorado, December, 2011
“The World of Cynthia Sampson” Planet Earth & The Four Directions Gallery, Grand Junction Colorado - January 2nd thru February 2nd 2002.
“Primarily Color” Norwood Public Library, Norwood Colorado - November 30 thru December 29, 2001.

Zebra Jazz Studio & Gallery
P.O. Box 616, Nucla Colorado 81424
(970) 864-7927 
 [email protected]  

Tabeguache Trading Company
470 Main Street
Nucla, Colorado

(970) 864-7755

and Commissions
Paintings in corporate and private collections across the United States and Europe

Art Education
Utah State University, Pastel Society of Colorado Workshop, Doug Dawson Pastel Workshop, Bernice Brown Workshops & Life

Cynthia Sampson
Zebra Jazz Studio

P.O. Box 616, 261 East 3rd
Nucla, Colorado 81424
(970) 864-7927
[email protected]
Commissions accepted  - Commercial Licensing of Artwork Available

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