Cynthia Mosser

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Swirl Egg (bg ro yg), 2013 Gouache On Rives Bfk Paper 27 X 16.5 X 0 Inches © Cynthia Mosser
Swirl Egg (red small), 2013 Gouache On Museum Board 9 X 7 X 0 Inches © Cynthia Mosser
Fraternal Foliage (loop), 2011 Mixed Media On Board 18 X 18 X 0 Inches © Cynthia Mosser
My Pysanky, 2011 Mixed Media (India Ink, Acrylic Paint) Beeswax, Oil Paint). 48 X 48 In © Cynthia Mosser
Sugar Sky, 2011 Mixed Media (India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Beeswax, Oil Paint) 48 X 48 In © Cynthia Mosser
Swirl Head (multi), 2013 Gouache On Museum Board 21 X 11.5 In © Cynthia Mosser
Swirl Egg (RED large), 2013 Gouache On Rives Bfk Paper 27 X 17 In © Cynthia Mosser
Gooden Doodle II, 2006 Gouache On Museum Board 15 X 17 In © Cynthia Mosser
Golden Doodle I, 2006 Gouache On Museum Board 18 X 17 In © Cynthia Mosser
Quick Facts
Portland, OR
Birth year
Lives in
Vancouver, WA
Works in
Portland, OR
Whitman College, 1992, BA Art History/Biology Minor
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1998
Representing galleries


The work of painter, Cynthia Mosser, has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Hungary and the Czech Republic including Vízivárosi Gallery in Budapest, and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been been critically reviewed in ARTnews Magazine, Willamette Week Newspaper, and featured in the TV series Portlandia (Season 8 ep. 3 & 5).

Cynthia received a B.A. in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is represented by the Augen Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Artist Statement

I am energized by organic, biomorphic forms which appear to converge, connect or float in space. Compositionally, I emphasize shape, color, and pattern to create lyrical movement. My imagery bridges past and present using ethnological imagery and contemporary design.

Colors and structures inherent to plants and animals, as well as architectural and folk art designs provide me with endless sources of inspiration. Elliptical shapes (eggs) are my visual refuge owing to their asymmetrical quality and implicit connection to the idea of potential or renewal. With color, I am interested in bringing a saturated, full palette into my work to create energy. Outside of late spring, early summer, and autumn trees, my color use stems from the eye’s need to see chromatic balance – my answer to the Northwest’s desaturated, misty environment. Finally, pattern finds its way into my paintings through my fascination with ornamental European architecture, folk art motifs, lace and decorative stitching. The meshing of my own motifs and egg forms is a natural extension of this idea.

My work is the embodiment of what I like to imagine, look at and experience, whether it manifests itself in color, shape, or pattern. I aspire to translate these rich and whimsical qualities into my work. 

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