Featured Artist – Cindy Bender, watercolor paintings

Cindy Bender,

Michigan Watercolor Painter at C2C Gallery


Cindy says, “While the distractions of modern life are powerful and numerous, our world is still an enchanted place and we live enchanted lives. There is beauty everywhere I look and I realize that I have been called to celebrate that beauty. I like the challenge of painting new subject matter, so I don’t limit what kinds of subjects I paint. I stay fresh by painting trees, sunsets, snow, children, rusty cars, old boats, buildings, food, Adirondack chairs, birds, and more. Clients are drawn to my use of bright colors, light and shadow and realistic style.”
Cindy M Bender lives in Zeeland, Michigan.  She has participated in many juried art competitions and exhibits including the Michigan Watercolor Society, Muskegon Regional, First Church spiritual show in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven winter show, the Holland Regional and MI Arts shows.


Cindy M Bender, image of artist

Cindy M Bender
Featured Artist
March/April 2017
Jordan Pond watercolor painting


Sea shell painting by Cindy Bender


Stony Beach in France by Cindy Bender
Marine Reflections by Cindy Bender

Ten Questions to the Artist:

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
I am influenced creatively by sunlight, shadows, and nature.  Spiritually by music.  Emotionally by music and family.
Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?
I am influenced by beauty, but not always in the traditional sense. I can see beauty in a
rusty car or a dead tree for example.  I love painting trees and Adirondack chairs!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I’ve always wanted to be a nightclub singer!
What profession would you not like to do?
I could never be a dentist.
Who are your favorite artists?
I admire the work of Hubert Shuptrine, Margaret Martin, Claude Monet and Sandy Meyer.
What is your favorite tool used to create your work?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
Who is your favorite musician?
Frank Sinatra, MIchael Buble, Seu Jorge, Ana Carolina, and Brahms are a few of my favorite musicians.
How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.
I took 2 classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art after I retired from teaching early Elementary Ed. Since then I have taken several workshops from known artists, but I am largely self-taught.
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