We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Eral and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up on a small Minnesota family farm in a home built in 1928. My world was filled with adventures in the woods, camping by the river, gardening with my grandparents and enjoying the colors and patterns of the changing seasons. My parents presented me with my first oil painting kit when I was nine. I took painting lessons from area artists. I learned patience and new ways of challenging myself with a variety of materials and utilizing the concept that, “It was ok to be yourself. With my Mom being a creative example, I observed her as she managed the updating of our home with modern tastes while maintaining the warmth and charm of it’s original construction. I feel that my upbringing emphasized the importance of looking for inspiration from all kinds of events in our lives. My painting abilities over the years has allowed me to create personal spaces that are a reflection of my clients own identities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve painted many subjects, from donkeys in my neighborhood to vistas from the Colorado river. I try to pay attention, learn, develop and experience art in a way to become my best, most authentic self. I feel I have depended a lot on my intuition to assist me with allowing new challenges to come into my personnel and professional life and be ok with that. Lessons I’ve learned? Always be grateful for the blessings and gifts you already have. I’ve led a life that’s true to me, dream big and don’t settle for less than I’m capable of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I’ve had guests visiting me I usually suggest hiking the trails in the winter months around the valley. Our sunsets are the “BEST” The Sonoran desert is so special that I feel it deserves all the attention to make sure it’s here for future generations.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Russ Eral. He has always been very encouraging and supportive as I have managed my way through artistic challenges. His determination towards achieving his own goals has shown me that hard work and a right attitude gives you the ability to focus on one’s life goals. My dedication to myself is to constantly strive to do better and grow.
Other: Member of the Sonoran Art League- Hidden in the Hills Art Event, November 2020 Big Bronco Store in Cave Creek -art on display Tierra del Lagarto Store- Scottsdale-art on display Bungalow Furniture Store- Scottsdale-art on display