May 8, 2019


My Solo Show in JUNE

Almost here...

You may, or may not know I am having a solo exhibition at the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon next month (June). I would love to see you at one of the openings!

Here is why I think you should visit my show: My work is colorful, whimsical, and fun! Plus, I'll show some pieces using a new medium: isopropyl alcohol inks!

If you would like a postcard invitation, email me your address!


When: Augen Gallery (
Where: 716 NW Davis Street • Portland, OR 97209 map

  • Wednesday Preview: June 5th 5-7:30pm (food & wine)
  • First Thursday: June 6th 5-8pm
Runs: Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 29, 2019
Regular hours: 11am - 5:30pm

Consider taking a friend, and making an evening of it!
I recommend the Canopy Hotel on NW 9th Avenue as a great place to start (or end) your evening!

NOTE: Here's a gift to you for visiting my show: Take a photo of any of my new pieces  at my show, share it to social media, and I'll give you a free folded note card (with envelope), on the spot!

Folk Art Highlight:
Straznice, Czech Republic

Painting on architecture. It doesn't get any better than this!

Of any European town I have ever visited, Straznice in the Czech Republic, is one that has stayed with me.

Above all, their folk art designs spoke to me on a deep level. They have a joyous feeling, and not only that, they render them on architecture! It is a blending of the feminine (folk art designs) and masculine (architecture) that seems sublime.These designs have definitely influenced my own work


A Bit of Knowledge

Traditional gesso...what is it?

Before I start my mixed media pieces, I start with a painting base called gesso (in this case, traditional gesso). This is a white painting ground, and I make my own. It starts with hydrating rabbit skin glue (essentially refined rabbit collagen), heating it in a pot, and and then adding marble dust to make a medium-thick consistency solution.

I use this particular gesso recipe so the encaustic medium (beeswax) will soak into the panel, making it more permanent. Making some of my art involves a bit of cooking. Who knew!?

*Wikipedia article

Once Again...Solo Show Next Month!

I would love to share my work with you!

Become a Patron

Making an ask...

Have you ever wanted to support an artist? I have partnered with Patreon, a website that allows creators and influencers to interact with fans and get financial support for their work.

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU! I wholeheartedly appreciate your reading my newsletter, and I hope you find value in my sharing my inner and outer creative world. ❤❤❤

February 4, 2019

My Solo Exhibition - June 2019 - Augen Gallery

I just received word my solo show has been moved to June 2019 (instead of April 2019) at the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon. 

This certainly gives me more time to produce a few more pieces! I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you!

January 10, 2019

My Favorites List - NEWSLETTER - January 2019

My Favorites List

What I love...

Over the year, I thought about the things that brought my senses joy, whether it is a book, a piece of art, a movie, a restaurant, or even chocolate!
Here they are:
1) Favorite Art Piece of 2018 (see above) This is the Place, 2018 colored pencil and graphite on paper. 10-5/8 x 14 inches by Hibiki Miyazaki. Augen Gallery. I love this piece for its utterly nostalgic feeling.
2)  Favorite books: 
The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
Pussy by Regena Thomashauer
Sacred Success by Barbara Stanny
3) Favorite film: Ibiza, 2018 on Netflix
4) Favorite series: Hot Date on Netflix (Canadian series)
5) Favorite restaurant: Smokin' Oak in Vancouver, WA (The corn dog is amazing! :))
6) Favorite business and marketing coaches:
Lisa Marie Platske of Design Your Destiny 
Veronika Noize of the DIY Marketing Center
7) Favorite indulgent food: Red Lindt balls 
8) Favorite quote: Fun is the secret to a gratified life. - Regena Thomashauer

What are your favorites? Just hit reply, and let me know!!!

Inspiration Central

The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is absolutely THE place that inspires me. I have been lucky enough to stay a beach house overlooking the ocean in Depoe Bay for 18 years. Why does the beach inspire me? Perhaps it is the endless time I feel while I am there. Perhaps it is the shapes I love, which are just below the surface of the water. (I can't see them, but I can feel them!!) Perhaps it is the completely different environment. What I do know, is that I get my best art ideas while I am there. 

Save the Date

April 2019

Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th are the opening reception dates of my latest show at the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District (716 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209

The image above is a snippet of what you will see. :)

I would love to see you and have a conversation with you there.

OPENING DATES: Wed & Thurs, April 3rd & 4th
RUNS THROUGH: The month of April 2019 
WHERE: 716 NW Davis Street. Portland, OR 97209

December 3, 2018

INSPIRATION in Unusual Places

Inspiration can come at the most unusual times, and from the greatest things. This image is an excerpt from a 40 year-old paper turkey my mother-in-law brought to our Thanksgiving gathering.

I love the colors, the overlapping feather design, and their outline.

Who knew an old turkey could be in alignment with what I love looking at?

Where do you find inspiration?

November 20, 2018

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Until Monday 11/26!

START YOUR ENGINES! From now until Monday, I've gone full tilt!

Use code ART30 (expires Cyber Monday 11-26-2018 at 10PM PST)
When it's gone, it's gone!

Free shipping as always on card sets! Now only $14!
Knock out your gift giving with some of my best PRINT sellers below!
You choose the size of your print!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
Warmly, Cynthia :)

September 17, 2018


If you haven't read my SEPTEMBER 2018 ART NEWSLETTER, check it out!

It's about SAYING YES! to myself, Portlandia and more...

click here

Photo by marli williams

September 13, 2018

What Takes my Breath Away - MOSS

MOSS is nature's velvet, so when I see it clinging to any surface it can in a forest, I am taken to another world. It's soft, for the most part, and can make a great bed (or seat!) I adore the permeating green hue as well; this creates a beautiful aura if enough of it is around. 

So I am adding moss to my collection of what inspires me. (Other inspirations include egg shapes, flowers, coral, plankton and succulents.)

Image sourse: jeff_cooper_unsplash

July 2, 2018


Check out an ARTICLE ABOUT MY WORK, and how my art make it onto the TV show Portlandia.

Succulent Puff III, 2006
Mixed media on panel
16 x 16 inches

June 25, 2018

My Art on the TV Show PORTLANDIA

I am thrilled to discover my art was placed on the TV show Portlandia (Season 8, ep. 5).

You can view the paintings featured on the show here:

May 25, 2018


I make art for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that it's fun to make things; I love to work with art materials and draw/paint.

Art is the thing I am good at. I could certainly be in a different profession; however, color, design, making something appear three-dimensional is a true joy, as if by osmosis, I know the answer. Art is also an inner expression, and something that brings me calm and satisfaction.

I also see art as a form of entertainment, and I love seeing someone delighted or moved by one of my pieces. Ultimately, my goal is really to make myself happy (sounds selfish, but it's true!) while making others happy. It's as if the happier I am, the happier my art appears, and the happier the viewer becomes. 

When I channel the spirit of nature into my work, I hope that the viewer can recognize something within it, either themselves, the feeling, or their own emotional existence.

Photo by Dan Cook on Unsplash

April 10, 2018


Saturday, April 14th, I am thrilled to offer a 4-hour pop-up exhibition at WEST ELM furniture/decor store in Portland's Pearl District. I will have originals, reproductions and prints - all available for sale -- surrounded by WEST ELM decor.( ( This venue is a great way to view my work in a contemporary space. Plus my work is for sale! I am looking forward to sharing my work with you. The first five customers receive a FREE PRINT! WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018 TIME: 12-4PM WHERE: West Elm 1201 NW Couch Street. Portland, OR 97209 (directions FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS EVENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

February 16, 2018

Home Art Shows

At the start of 2018, it was suggested to me to try a home art show. A home art show is a small art exhibition, where I bring my work to a friend's or acquaintance's house. They invite over their friends. I display some work, discuss it, and talk about my art process. (And of course, the work is for sale.)

I am trying home art shows to bring my work to those who can't always make it to galleries. Many people live out of town or far from the center. Additionally, people are busy, especially if they have children. Another reason is that galleries can, on occasion, be intimidating. 

What I love about this type of event are the connections I make, the direct contact with collectors, and the ability to meet people in an intimate and comfortable environment.

If you are interested in having me come to your home for a home art show in the Portland/Vancouver region, send me an email:

February 1, 2018


This Saturday, from 1-3PM, I'll demonstrate my GOUACHE painting technique at the Dick Blick art store in the Pearl District. Bring a friend, and see how I use it within my work!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this art medium, gouache /ɡwäSH/ paint is a matte watercolor often used in illustration, It's rich, saturated, and opaque, which is why I love using it.

Here is a link to an article I wrote about it last year: GOUACHE

Dick Blick art store is located at 1115 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209.

When: Saturday, February 3rd, 1-3PM
Where: Dick Blick Art Store 1115 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209


October 3, 2017

Being Vulnerable

Being vulnerable in regard to my art and life is something that feels new for me. When I say vulnerable, I mean allowing others to see who I truly am.

I often hide behind a wardrobe of black. Don't smile always. In the art world, it isn't cool to be vulnerable (read: weak). Ultimately, I haven't shared who I truly am out of fear of shame.

My new goal in life is to share myself. Share my fears, and let that be OK. Be authentic.

So my new way of being is to allow others to see that my raison d'etre is all about PLAY and FUN. Play and fun are what fuels me and my art, and makes both better.

Additionally, each week I am going to share something that makes me afraid.
This week's topic is rejection.

Rejection is what keeps me stuck and not moving forward in my business.
It paralyzes me at times.
It is as if I am controlling the outcome before I even try.
So I am going to move through my fear and try,
even if it is uncomfortable.

September 26, 2017

How I Got into Art

How I Got into Art

Doing art has always been something I've wanted to do, especially as a child. I was good at it in grade school and often won the carnival poster contests. Later on in high school, I was a photographer, but never thought I could make a living from it -- even in college I felt that way.

The event that pushed me further into art was simply the knowledge that I didn't want to do anything else. I simply made a decision, and that was when I was 25. From that point on, I went to art school at Pratt Insitute. I started practicing art on a more regular level when I moved to Prague, CZ right after art school (1998). 

You can see what I do at

September 22, 2017

This Makes Me Happy: Fair-Haired Dumbbell

This Makes Me Happy

I live for moments like this: seeing a new building in Portland, OR with an exciting exterior.

The building is called the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, and it is an office building with a mural by LA artist, James Jean. Every 10-15 years, the building owners are thinking about changing the mural.

I love it for its playfulness and color. 


September 19, 2017

Order Reproductions and Cards Directly from my Website


I am thrilled to announce my partnership with Now buyers can purchase cards and reproductions directly from my website:

Additionally, buyers can see how the piece would look on their wall based on size and the type of room. It's a great feature.

Check it out:

ArtChat Northwest: MATT COSBY

ArtChat Northwest: MATT COSBY

My second ArtChat Northwest interviewee is artist/painter, MATT COSBY ( Listen in, and hear his thoughts about trinkets, his love for oil paint, movement and color. (14:11min) 

ArtChat Northwest is a podcast about artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

August 30, 2017

ArtChat Northwest: SHARON BRONZAN

ArtChat Northwest: SHARON BRONZAN

My second ArtChat Northwest interviewee is artist/painter, SHARON BRONZAN. Listen in, and hear her thoughts about the desert, trees, gouache paint, and superstition. (24:24min) 

Sharon Bronzan is an artist/painter, and a longtime Oregon resident whose work evokes myth, folklore, and religious iconography. Her paintings often tell a story through the use of the portrait.

Sharon received her MFA from the University of Oregon, taught for 27 years at Portland Community College in the Art Department (Sylvania campus), and is currently represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

August 10, 2017

ArtChat Northwest: DAVID SCHELL

ArtChat Northwest: DAVID SCHELL

I would like to introduce my first podcast called ArtChat Northwest. My first interviewee is artist/painter, DAVID SCHELL ( Listen in, and hear his influences, ideas, and thoughts about painting. (19:47min)

August 7, 2017

Seattle Art Fair 2017

The Seattle Art Fair this year was quite inspiring.
My favorite pieces were:
  • The necklace below by Jean-Michel Othoneil (Galerie Perrotin)
  • The swirling wall sculpture by Linda Fleming (Robischon Gallery), and 
  • Amy Ellingson's (Robischon Gallery) encaustic painting.

July 13, 2017

Finished and in Collector's Home

It took a month, and the painting is finished. It fits really well into the collector's home.

Amazingly, it matches the wall!

June 13, 2017

Back in the Studio

June 2017. I am back in the studio painting a new work.
The background line work has been done. 
Now the actual painting begins. Because I use such 
a small brush, it feels like needlework. Slow and steady.

May 22, 2017

Color at Target

Occasionally I'll run into color that hits me over the head. Target's children's section is a great source of bright color, even in winter!

This is why I use bright color in my paintings:I love the visual stimulation, and my misty, often gray environment (Portland/Vancouver) can get a bit dull. It's like a breath of fresh air!

Image source: cynthiamosser

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:

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

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.