Cindy Conklin renders familiar subject matter in minute detail in her meticulous scratchboard engravings. Her watercolors demonstrate a looser approach to both subject and materials. In her current series of watercolors, which are based on the Hula Kahiko, she uses a variety of watercolor techniques on handmade paper to weave together human figures, petroglyphs, and botanical and geometric elements.
"Moving to Hawai'i in 1992 liberated my art and shocked me into a new plane of awareness of the outrageous beauty, interconnectedness and magic of the natural world. The luxury of creating art on a daily basis still seems new to me. I know that the productivity, creativity and happiness I feel shows in my work. New ideas beckon to me as I move around these amazing islands. Hawai'i is such a visually rich environment with brilliant colors year round, ideal for my preferred subjects: reef life and flowers, landscapes and patterns, while a more muted subtle palette is applied to my series of the hula kahiko, petroglyphs, textile designs, and then there are all the inspired spin offs of these main directions which keep leading me into new expression."
"I like to flit from image to image and from medium to medium in a completely nonlinear way. My favorite materials involve scratchboard, watercolor, collage, acrylics and mixed media. Works in various stages of completion compete for my attention and time in a ceaseless flow of creative energy."