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Cindy Packard Richmond's "Food, Glorious Food"
Cindy Packard Richmond's "Food, Glorious Food"

For Cindy Packard Richmond, novelist and food writer turned painter, food has always been a central interest in her life. So when her creative passion grew to include the visual arts, it was only natural that she paint the subjects she wrote about for so many years. Richmond’s sweeping food-scapes are bursting with color, flavor, and an innovative perspective. Her solo exhibit, “Food, Glorious Food,” will be featured at The Art League Gallery, April 7 – May 2, 2011.

“I am drawn to the bulbous shapes of food: the sweeping curves, tightening spirals, rounded edges, plumply ovate and corpulent.” For Richmond, design is the key element in her work, followed by color. Her choice of what to paint is purely visual – it’s all about the composition, color, and the strong design elements that form as a result of a particular composition.

“The variations of shapes, colors, and patterns within a single subject intrigue me, which is why I tend to focus on only one subject within a painting.” She takes numerous photos of her subjects, searching for a unique perspective with a distinct abstract quality. The subject fills up the canvas, creating a larger-than-life still life. She works quite large, almost treating her still lifes like vast sweeping landscapes. The result is a bright, vivacious still life that’s anything but traditional.

Richmond is an accomplished oil painter and pastelist. Her work has been juried into national exhibitions, and has been published in a variety of regional, national, and international art publications. She studied art while attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, but she credits Diane Tesler and Danni Dawson at The Art League School with her artistic education and success. She’s a resident artist in studio 3 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and an active member of The Art League.

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – May 2, 2011
Opening Reception and Meet the Artist:
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Visit richmondlikethecity.blogspot.com to read musings from the artist and learn more about her process.


Gallery Hours:
Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursdays until 9:00 pm
Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

The Art League Gallery
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314