About Me

Cindy Dochstader Portraits

My work focuses primarily on the bond shared within families, and the simple joys of childhood. Exploring themes such as: protection, uncertainty, happiness and love, I strive to capture the beauty of the candid and poignant moments found within the bustle of everyday family life. I try to breath life into these moments and invite the viewer to become a part of them.

I grew up in the small village of Embro, Ontario, and currently live in the even smaller village of Aberfoyle, Ontario with my husband and two sons. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting, particularly portraiture and figure drawing, and am a self-professed people watcher. I'm a graduate of the esteemed Graphic Design and Advertising program at Conestoga College, and have since studied under several professional artists at the Guelph School of Art. I've participated in a variety of well-received group shows and have work in several private collections.

I've been influenced by a long list of artists, and have a particular love for the Old Masters and contemporary realists. I work primarily in acrylic and graphite, although I have recently ventured into ink and watercolour, and often employ hatching in my work. My palette is usually limited to the same five colours, much to the chagrin of the other tubes in my paintbox.

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