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ABOUT CINDY

Cindy graduated from Boise State University with honors in 2006 getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with an emphasis in Sculpture, in Visual Arts. After graduation, she moved to Manassas, Virginia to accompany her husband on his temporary job assignment.

After moving back to Boise in 2008 she secured a job with Boise Parks and Recs teaching art classes; she taught Batik to adult and kids (age 9-12), and drawing & painting to kids (age 9-12). After a couple of years teaching for The City of Boise she decided to open her own art studio (Cindy’s Art Studio) in 2010.

Later in the spring of 2010, she became a volunteer instructor with Community Education offering shortened introduction classes to adults and kids. She offers a large range of fine art classes to the public. She started teaching individual Private Art Lessons and feels that this is where her heart is.

Because her emphasis in college was three-dimensional work she has not forgotten about her sculptures especially her love of wood carving.

BFA Thesis Exhibition 2006

Cindy Peterson
BFA Thesis Exhibition Installation

Cindy Peterson
Holy Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
14” W x 29” L x 8.5” D
Private Collections

Cindy Peterson
Bear Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
20” Dimeter x 9” D
Private Collections

Cindy Peterson
Bird Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
72” W x 23” L x 9 D
Private Collection

Cindy Peterson
Holy Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
14” W x 29” L x 8.5” D
Private Collections

Cindy Peterson
Bear Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
20” Dimeter x 9” D
Private Collections

Cindy Peterson
Bird Man Mask
Sculpture Wood Carving
72” W x 23” L x 9 D
Private Collection

Installation

Cindy Peterson
Artifact I
Batik
18″ W x 24″ L
Private Collection

Cindy Peterson
Artifact II
Batik
18″ W x 24″ L
Private Collection

Cindy Peterson
Signal Sign
Sculpture Wood Carving
10″ diameter x 22″ L
Private Collection

Cindy Peterson
Guides to Gathering Place
Mixed Media and Found Objects
84″ W x 60″ L x 24 D
Private Collection

3 dried Yucca Plants stabilized in wood blocks with attached dried Hibiscus flowers, butterflies, & moths

Cynthia (Cindy) A. Peterson Student Statement

Nem mukuatigi gahni ga

The heart of my art surrounds my heritage; I am an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation. My father named me after my Great-Great Grandmother Cynthia Ann Parker who is very well known in Oklahoma/Texas area where he was born. Cynthia’s son Quanah Parker is my Great-Grandfather; he was the Last Chief of the Comanche’s, and aided the transition into a white world during the reservation years of 1880-1890. I can trace my family lineage back through time to the 1600’s, but beyond that the trail fades. It’s so much easier to look back then to blaze forward into my own unknown future. With this knowledge of my past comes a great responsibility to it. I feel deeply obligated to those who came before me, to honor their culturally inspired designs while artistically defining what it means, to me, to be an American Indian.

Nem mukuategi gahni ga is Comanche for “My sprit/holy place is at/in [the] home.” My installation is meant to represent a spiritual or holy place; it is meant to recreate the Indian version of a church. I endeavored to make this a quite place of thought and reflection worthy of respect and composure. When the viewers are in my installation they are walking on holy ground. The rough carved face on the free standing log is a sign, a symbol, a marker, and an invitation to enter this space. My finished carved wooden masks with their stylized faces and hands are indicative of Native signs of holy/spiritual places with hybrid forms of animal and human. Under the masks are faces and parts of faces that remind us that behind my icons are humans. The very idea of a mask makes us wonder what is under it; in this case it is the People. My ancestors, like many other Nations all had varying emotions, fears, and aspirations worthy of displaying.

Heritage

I am a direct descendant of Quanah Parker the last Federally recognized Chief of the Comanche’s in Oklahoma Texas area. There are numerous accounts of the life and times of Quanah and his mother Cynthia Ann Parker (white captive) which I was named after.

I take great pride in my heritage and find the entire history of 500 Nations that owned this continent long before Europeans crossed the Atlantic a great inspirations for some of my artwork. My genealogy comes from my father who was born and raised in Oklahoma; he has now passed away.

But some who have studied languages know that the Comanche and Shoshone were once in the same Northwest tribe because we share a sister language. The Comanche broke away in ~1500’s moving southward to warmer climates in Texas. I guess you can say I’m a Comanche who came back to my roots!

Pencil Drawing signed and inscribed by artist Ken West

Cindy Peterson
Chief Quanah Parker
Printmaking
12” W x 16” L
Limited Edition 1/5

Cindy Peterson
Chief Quanah Parker
Printmaking
12” W x 16” L
Limited Edition 1/5

For Fun!

What I like to do is go traveling and camping in our RV, fishing, pick Huckleberries, cook/bake/cake decorating, riding my bike, hiking, animal watching, swim in rivers, play with my two dogs, and spend time with my husband.

During the Summer I grow Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Currants, Gooseberries, Peaches, Cherries, Pears, assorted herbs.

And to keep my fine motor skills sharp, during the winter months, I like to do crewel stitchery. I have a problem… I can’t stand to not be busy!

3-D House Plant
Crewel Stitchery

Old Bridge
Crewel Stitchery

Morning Gathering
22 W x 39.5 L
Crewel Stitchery

Ducks Landing
Crewel Stitchery

Forest Landscape
Crewel Stitchery

Rooster
Crewel Stitchery

Wine on Table
Crewel Stitchery

Fall Winter Summer Spring
Crewel Stickery

Sea Shells on Beach
Crewel Stitchery

Spicy and Kwasi in backyard by Scarlet Red Fuchsia

Links

Susan Ozimkiewicz MA NCC LCPC
CREATIVE PROCESS COUNSELING
National Certified counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Depth Psychotherapist

208-340-8207
FAX 208 888 9008
www.depthcounseling.com
susanozimkiewicz@gmail.com

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