Artist's Statement

Photo of encaustic painter Cynthia Schildhauer in her studioMy artwork is all about the beautiful contradictions in life. I am immersed in mundane daily life which I rely on….fixing breakfast,  teaching, paying bills, meeting friends for coffee and the most taxing, invigorating and passionate role of being a parent.

On the other hand I am a daily painter who finds it necessary to escape the callings of common, every day life and retreat into the studio: my sanctuary, the casing for my internal life. Much of my motivation to make art stems from the peace and freedom I find in the studio where I attempt to express all the yearnings I experience that go far beyond the visible. Then, inevitably, it becomes time to return to the temporal world to pick up some groceries.

I look for the questions, not the answers because I believe that I can retrieve the answers I that I  need from the process of painting  and from the finished piece itself. I paint about life as a never ending balancing act: the comforts, trials and tribulations of day to day existence coupled with a gnawing drive and passion to discover and express the deeper , sublime aspects of being human. My intention with my work is to portray life’s stunning contradictions in the most authentic and  beautiful, way I can.

"I don't say everything, but I paint everything."  Picasso