April 8, 2017

ART SHOW! Cynthia Mosser - April 2017

I am thrilled to show new and existing paintings at the Art Institute of Portland's POCKET GALLERY during the month of April 2017.

Location: 1122 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209

First Thursday Reception 4/6 • 5-8PM
Exhibition runs Monday April 3 - Tuesday May 2 • 8am-8pm

Learn more about my work at: cynthiamosser.com

The work of painter, Cynthia Mosser, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, which includes the Czech Republic and Hungary. Her work has been critically reviewed in ARTnews Magazine, Willamette Week Newspaper, and featured in PortlandMonthlyMag.com

Cynthia received a B.A. in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and attended Pratt Institute in 
Brooklyn, New York. She is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Sprightly, 2017
Gouache on Museum Board
6 x 4.5 in

February 26, 2017

Fun Meter Button

As goofy as this button is, this the way I live my life. The intention is for MAX FUN, so my art reflects my experiences.

View some fun art at:

Image inspiration: Carmen Farmer

February 14, 2017

What is Gouache Paint?

What is Gouache Paint?

Many would like to know...

I use water-based gouache paint exclusively in many of my paintings,
and love the density and color.

So what exactly is gouache paint? 
Pronounced /gw'osh/, the word's origin comes from the Italian word
"gouazzo", which means dampness or puddle or mud.
It was originally used in fresco paintings during the Renaissance.

It is a matte, opaque medium with gum arabic added for flow.
(Gum arabic is a natural gum from the acacia tree.)
The matte factor comes from the addition of chalk.

If you look at New Yorker Magazine covers, often the illustrator uses gouache
because it does not shine when reproduced.

Compared to watercolor, gouache has a higher pigment load (quantity),
which makes it richer in color. With watercolor one can see the
"white" of the paper below; whereas with gouache one cannot.
This allows an artist to work starting with dark paint at the
bottom layer, then lighter colors/values at the top layer.

The reason I use it is due to the fact that it reproduces nicely and
is incredibly rich in color.

December 21, 2016

BOXED CARDS SETS Now on my Website!

Now you can purchase an 8-card assorted note card boxed set for $20.00 from my website. 

Free shipping to the US.

Only 12 left!

I accept VISA/MASTERCARD, etc.

November 20, 2016

One of my newest pieces...

Cynthia Mosser
Swirl Puff, 2016
Gouache on Museum Board
5.5 x 4 in

Sold to private collector

November 9, 2016

OPEN STUDIO Sat/Sun • Nov. 12 & 13 • 10am - 5pm

Sharing my love for art at my OPEN STUDIO.

10am - 5pm

First 75 attendees receive a free, signed ltd. edition print.

40% off all studio paintings.

NEW! Cards, prints and drawings.


October 29, 2016

STUDIO SALE! Sat/Sun NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2016

I am thrilled to be part of Clark County Open Studios here in Vancouver, Washington. 
In addition to showing where I work and how I work, I will be having a STUDIO SALE.

The first 75 attendees receive a free and signed limited edition print.

All paintings located at my studio are 75% off!

NEW! Prints, cards and drawings


  • Sat/Sun NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2016
  • 10 - 5 
  • 138/17 NE 49th Street Vancouver, WA 98682
Contact me: 503.807.9126

Link: clarkcountyopenstudios

September 26, 2016

Andrew Goldstein's Thoughts on PAINTING

I love what Andrew Goldstein says about painting (in his interview with Hans Ulrich):

However, when it comes to the market, painting remains the paramount seller because it is, at the end of the day, a remarkably efficient piece of technology. It packs maximum visual power while taking up a minimum of three-dimensional space. No electricity is needed. It’s easily portable, universally readable, effortlessly Instagrammable, and, in some cases, easily resalable. 

Source: artspace.com

September 16, 2016


After a solo art show, it seems a month-long nap is necessary. It seems strange to go from being an extrovert (marketing, talking with clients, openings), to an introvert again. My wish is to keep the pace up, and engage with people in the same manner (mainly because it is so much fun), but it just isn't humanly possible. 

My fear is that people will think I don't care about them during this period of hibernation. I do care immensely, and I am incredibly grateful for how supportive people are of my art life. Ultimately, I have to simply trust in the ebb and flow of life. 

Does anyone else have this kind of experience whether it is art-related, or otherwise?

Learn more about my art at: www.cynthiamosser.com

(Image: "Flaming June", 1895 by Lord Frederic Leighton.)

July 13, 2016

ARTIST TALK - Augen Gallery - Saturday, July 16th - NOON with CYNTHIA MOSSER

Oh yes! LEARN more about how WHIMSY, COLOR, and DESIGN infuses your interior spaces with LIFE and LOVE!

Artist Talk
Saturday, July 16th at Noon.

716 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209

+001 503.546.5056

June 29, 2016

July 2016 - ARTIST CYNTHIA MOSSER - Augen Gallery

Cynthia Mosser
Solo Exhibition
July 5-30, 2016

Augen Gallery
716 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: +001 503 546 5056

  • Preview Wednesday: July 6, 5-7:30PM
  • First Thursday: July 7, 5-8PM
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, July 16 at NOON.

June 7, 2016

Wisdom from Experience

As an ARTIST at the age of 46, what I know for sure is slow and steady wins the race. I used to burn myself out, running on adrenaline making art nonstop. 

I pace myself now. My work is currently at the framer in preparation for my Augen Gallery July 2016 solo show. I'd like a nap. I used to need to sleep for days after dropping off my work. Oddly enough, I feel I could even start anew...

Cynthia Mosser
Fraternal Foliage (fancy)
Mixed media on panel
24 x 24 in

May 3, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: July 2016 - Cynthia Mosser - Solo Show - Augen Gallery

Save the Date:
Cynthia Mosser
Solo Exhibition
July 5-30, 2016

Augen Gallery
716 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209

Preview Wednesday: July 6, 5-7:30PM
First Thursday: July 7, 5-8PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 16 at NOON.

April 12, 2016

"Unexpected intrusions of beauty.
This is what life is."  -Saul Bellow

February 24, 2016


Mark and Rae Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art studio, assisted the Northwest Patternist artists with the idea of how to print work using a monotype process (a one-of-a-kind print). Out of this experiment, nine artists (including myself) from the Northwest Patternist Group, will show their prints in a show titled TRANSFERENCE

I will show an installation of my cut up monotypes (see image below).

Image: Cynthia Mosser
Fraternal Foliage Installation, 2016
Monotype (colored pencil on Rives BFK paper)
44" x 28"

TRANSFERENCE Exhibition on view March 3–April 6, 2016

Autzen Gallery | Portland State University
Neuberger Hall 2nd Floor

Opening reception: Wednesday,
March 30, 7–9:30pm

Regular hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

724 SW Harrison St
Portland, OR 97201

Northwest Patternist artists are:
Cynthia Mosser
James K-M
Mark R. Smith
Matt Cosby
Michael Knutson
Rae Mahaffey
Sally Finch
Shu-ju Wang
Tamara English

January 5, 2016


Curated by Mark R. Smith, PULL OF REPETITION is an exhibition in Portland, Oregon at Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus) Northview Gallery. The show looks at various ways artists use pattern within their work.

Runs Thursday, January 14 - Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Cynthia Mosser
James K-M
Matt Cosby
Michael Knutson
Rae Mahaffey
Sally Finch
Shu-ju Wang
Tamara English

November 17, 2015


There is something ultimately, decorative, feminine and complex about folk art. The shapes, stitch work, color, and overall feeling, whether it's a floral painted wall or lace from Alsace, France, reverberates with me.

Generally, there are no sharp edges. It is these rounded edges and motifs taken from natural elements that I like.

Additionally, there is a strong element of time. The time in which it takes to create a piece, is quite long. Which leads one to the idea that it was also a very interior type of work. This idea of decoration is familiar to my eyes. As if I recognize the shapes from another life.

Image source: hu.wikipedia.org

November 10, 2015


We can never know what to want, 
because, living only one life, 
we can neither compare it with our previous lives 
nor perfect it in our lives to come… 
We live everything as it comes, without warning.

-Milan Kundera, Czech/French writer 
from The Unbearable Lightness of Being

As an artist, I do believe we know what 
we want, it is the living of it for which
we are unprepared. We just have to figure it out.
That is the beauty of life.

October 28, 2015

MICROCOSMOS Exhibition - Gallery 621

I have two pieces in this show.
Come check it out if you are in the BAY AREA!
MICROCOSMOS Exhibition - Gallery 621
Benicia, CA - OCT 29 - NOV 29, 2015

Curated by Chester Arnold

October 27, 2015


I want to start a dialogue about my art so the viewer can gain more insight into what I do and how I do it.

In my work, I am trying to create a whimsical feeling with biomorphic shapes, color and value changes.

Whimsy is my necessity. Europe embraces whimsy easily through public sculpture, architecture and installation. This lighthearted feeling through imagery and art lifts one out of a serious mood. Whimsy creates a feeling of poetry in one's everyday life that seems missing in the USA.

August 30, 2015

Trump HAIR

The wind has bestowed a gift upon us all.

Thank you wind and Donald Trump.
(And @jerrysaltz for the tip.)

Image source: bostonherald.com

July 21, 2015

David EDGAR - Plastic Artist

David Edgar is a North American sculptor who creates a variety of sculptures from consumer-based recycled materials.

The hanging lamps from his series "Plastiquarium", are called "Jellyfish Lamps", and are about 15 x 5 x 7in.

Edgar creates these whimsical creatures as an antidote to our stressful culture.

I relate to his colorful, playful, sea-oriented shapes.

Image source: pinterest.com

June 4, 2015

Ballpoint PEN Sketches

I am working on sketching in my sketchbook, and I just love it. I will have a series of these in my next show. (July 2016, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR).

April 20, 2015


Julie ALPERT, a Seattle-based artist/painter, exhibits a partially collaborative show of work called SPLAT at the Archer Gallery inside Clark College (Vancouver, WA). I love the work for its use of color, whimsy, pattern and arrangement within the gallery.

The show is based around one image, essentially an icon or symbol of layers of colorful splattered paint as it drips down the canvas/paper. The splats are created in a variety of materials: paint, paper, pen, and incorporate pattern, another reoccurring theme in Alpert's work. The splats are organized often in a grid-like pattern, perhaps alluding to organized chaos. The idea of the splat itself could certanly be related to a feeling or action: angst, whimsy, fun or simply the act of irreverence (or all at once).
In terms of the show, half of it was a residency where she taught students and half was her own. (I have posted only her work.) I appreciated her working with students, giving them an opportunity to see the workings of a gallery while incorporating her Splat idea. 
My only gripe is that I want in on the fun too. (I want an interactive Splat corner where I get to experience splatting!)

 Image source: cynthia mosser

March 15, 2015


I realized I am a hedonist.
For example, I love great amounts of time where I can sit and daydream.

My work also has as an indulgent quality due to its curves and overflowing appearance. With that said, I decided to look into the idea further by reading the book Against the Grain or A Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans.

The book is about an aristocrat who holes himself up in an isolated villa and surrounds himself with luxury and excess.
Image source: amazon.com

December 8, 2014

SUGAR RUSH - 12.13 - 1.17, 2014 - EN EM Art Space

A work of mine was selected for the SUGAR RUSH exhibition at the EN EM Art Space in Sacramento, CA, USA.

Opening December 13, 2014 and running through January 17, 2015, the theme, SUGAR RUSH, showcases the varied ways in which artists interpret the theme of sugar.

Works were selected by guest judge and co-curator, Rhonda Coleman, (formerly of the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC) and Univeristy of Southern California's Fisher Gallery.

Open Saturdays & Sundays 1-7 PM.
Weekdays by appointment.

EN EM Art Space
1714 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818

November 10, 2014



Installation by Pip & Pop in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan.
Through a Hole in the Mountain

Made from Washi tape!

I cannot get enough of the color!

Image source: irisnectar



Published in 1971, Living Well Is the Best Revenge is Calvin Tomkins' account of the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American expatriates who formed a group of friends in France during the 1920s. Living in Antibes, France, they befriended artists and writers, including Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It was in Paris that Gerald Murphy first came across Cubist painting. This began a short career as a painter from 1922 to 1929. He produced 15 works; seven survive. Because of the death of his two young sons, he stopped painting. The title of the book (Living Well is the Best Revenge) comes from a thought that Murphy was happiest when he painted, and was never happy again because he gave it up (due to the loss of his sons).
As an artist myself, the question remains, "Either a comfortable life and lousy work, or a lousy life and beautiful work." (Ferdinand Leger). Can one have both?

Gerald Murphy (American, 1888–1964). 
Razor, 1924. Oil on canvas
32 1/16 x 36 1/2 in. (81.4 x 92.7 cm). 
Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts
Image source: goodreads.com and pictify.com 

October 10, 2014


Drawing is one of my most important activities...ever.


You're a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust. What do you have to be scared of?

Image source: evolversocialmovement

September 14, 2014


Artist Amy Santoferraro uses thrift stores and flea markets as her art supply sources to create whimsical assemblages.

These nonsensical compositions appear delightful via each object's careful juxtaposition. One might even call them a junk bonsai.
three's company, 2012

ivory dusk, 2012

Image source: amysantoferraro.com

July 11, 2014

June 18, 2014

OK GO - Video - WRITING'S ON THE WALL - Optical Illusion Fiesta

Check out OK GO's video for "The Writing's on the Wall". Along with bright color and movement, the OPTICAL ILLUSIONS are genius!

May 23, 2014

Jennifer Steinkamp: Jimmy Carter, 2002

Jennifer Steinkamp graced her presence upon the Portland Art Museum for a
lecture of her work 5/17/14. You should see her video work. I liken it to
moving paintings; the kind I would create. Maya is her tool.

May 5, 2014

Time Well Spent

A few times a week I spend sketching and staring out the window (with iced tea) in preparation for studio time. 

Most often it is at East Vancouver McMenamins. So when people ask me, "Where do you hang out?" This is the place, and I am often alone. 

Image source: cynthia mosser

April 27, 2014

Zimoun WALL of SOUND Installation at Beall Center

Swiss artist, Zimoun, has created "Wall of Sound", an installation of cardboard boxes, small motors and ping pong-sized balls.

Located at the Beall Center for Art + Technology on the UC Irvine campus, this beating drum-like show is actually quite soothing, rather than jarring. Through May 3, 2014.

Image source: Jenny H.

April 7, 2014

Elsa MORA - Cuban Paper and Fabric Artist

Elsa MORA, a Cuban-raised artist, creates intricately stitched fabric assemblages, and intricately cut paper works that have a strong connection to folk art.

What I love about this piece is the combination of the figure with an illustrated head. Inside the oval it appears to be a window to the mind. And it is my mind to which it is a window!

NOTE: I have extensively searched the Internet for an image directly related to the source. I could come up with Elsa Mora and her blog only. http://www.artisaway.com/

Image source: artisaway.com

March 7, 2014

Darren Waterston - Painting at Portland Art Museum

Darren Waterston's painting, "In-Between", 2002 (oil on canvas mounted on board), is one I admire for its attention to detail, every time I visit the Portland Art Museum (OR, USA).

February 9, 2014

STRANGER VISIONS - Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US)


Stranger Visions is a series of portraits strained from discarded cigarette butt DNA found on Dublin, Ireland streets.

A custom computer program distills traits and creates a 3-D print.

The idea started from artist, Heather Dewey-Hagborg's thoughts about a single strand of hair, and how study of  its genetic traits may lead to discovering the owner's identity.

May I say...creepy!?

Image source: dublin.sciencegallery.com

February 3, 2014

COLOR Morphology by André Britz


I am absolutely intrigued by the color and shape combinations by German designer, André Britz. Not only do the changed fruit colors play with our perceptions, but their juxtaposition within the colored background suggest a sophisticated sense of design, and create a visually interesting portrait.

Image source: behance.net

January 20, 2014

Thinking about PATTERN

What is a pattern? Wikipedia provides an insightful entry...

A pattern, apart from the term's use to mean "Template"[a], is a discernible regularity in the world or in a man made design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.

Any of the five senses may directly observe patterns. Conversely, abstract patterns in science, mathematics, or language may be observable only by analysis. Direct observation in practice means seeing visual patterns, which are widespread in nature and in art.

Visual patterns in nature are often chaotic, never exactly repeating, and often involve fractals. Natural patterns include spirals, meanders, waves, foams, tilings, cracks, and those created by symmetries of rotation and reflection.

Patterns have an underlying mathematical structure;[1] indeed, mathematics can be seen as the search for regularities, and the output of any function is a mathematical pattern. Similarly in the sciences, theories explain and predict regularities in the world.

In art and architecture, decorations or visual motifs may be combined and repeated to form patterns designed to have a chosen effect on the viewer. - Wikipedia

Image source: Henrique Matos

A Thousand Words...Awesomely WEIRD

If every picture is worth a thousand words, this one could quite possibly be worth a million...

Image source: miscpix.com

January 3, 2014

Freedom - Richard Avedon - QUOTE

Start with a style and you are in chains, 
start with an idea and you are free.
-Richard Avedon

December 20, 2013

Cynthia MOSSER - artist - Catalogued SKETCHBOOKS

Celebrating 12 years of sketchbooks.

My preferred size is 9in x 12in, bound, by either Canson or ProArt.

Matt James STONE Sculptures


Matt James Stone does to bananas what a sculptor does with clay.

Whew knew a banana could take on such a whimsical form.

Image source: mattjamesstone.com

December 5, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Pantone has done it yet again.
A new color for the new year.
It's called Radian Orchid.

Do I have to like it?


November 15, 2013

Turkey Art - PORTLAND, OR - Frame Central

Walking by Frame Central in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District, I happened upon this assemblage.
My first thought was, "What is the image in the center?" A turkey vaguely came to mind due to its feather detail, plus plastic knives and forks surround it.

Its oval shape is the true reason I stopped for it.
Artist unknown. No title in window.