Artist Spotlight Series: Cindy DeAntonio
I am thrilled to introduce you to the latest in my Artist Spotlight Series. This prolific southern artist is certainly a rising star in the booming art scene of Charleston.
Charleston, South Carolina
What is your training?
I studied art at the University of South Carolina. My concentration was in Graphic Design. I remember taking some painting classes and not enjoying them very much. I picked up a paint brush about 3 years ago and just started playing around. It’s funny how things change in different times in your life.
What inspires you and your designs?
Color, pattern and other artist. I might see a room on pinterest I like and want to paint something that fits within the space.
What is your favorite piece?
If I had to choose it would have to be First because it was the First larger scale abstract I did. It is currently hanging in my bedroom and would be a hard one to part with.
How has the your area influenced your work?
Charleston is a great place to live. There are so many great artist and creative people here it just makes you want to work harder and create more. Its a good mix because we have a great city and beaches. You can walk around downtown one day or go and relax at the beach the next.
What is your favorite restaurant in (your city)?
What is your favorite cocktail?
In the winter I love a good bourbon and ginger.
Summer time a vodka, grapefruit with a little salt.
How do you balance personal life and work?
I paint a lot on weekends so its hard because there is always something fun going on in Charleston. I love painting and could do it all day but you have to give yourself sometime away to reflect.
Thailand. It such a colorful place I would love to go to one day.
I love doing commissions. Someone is trusting me to create a piece for them that will forever be in there home is a dream come true.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
Some pretty flowers or a bottle of prosecco.
Who is your style icon?
Love Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett. They make it look so easy.
Your favorite up and coming artist?
Just recently saw some work by Page Jones Davis and love her abstracts.
What is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother took one of my grandfathers tie pins and had a necklace made out of it. It is a beautiful diamond horseshoe pendent.
What are you reading?
Just started The Cuckoo’s Calling. So far so good!
What are you listening to?
Love Beck’s new album.
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
Here are just a few of my favorites from Cindy….