In the studio with artist Cindy Press

New York-based artist Cindy Press enjoyed a successful career in the fashion industry working with artists to transform paintings and drawings into wearable art. After taking time off to raise her two daughters, she returned to her true passion for painting. Drawing on her experience in fashion illustration, she creates striking semi-realistic portraits and figures of women that are both edgy and intriguing. We had a chat with Cindy to find out more about her work.

CF: Hi Cindy, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how your passion for creativity was sparked?

CP: I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing some sort of art. I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil and would come home every day from school and sit in my bedroom and just draw for hours. I used to draw these little cartoon like girls when I was young and I would draw them for all my friends.

CF: At what point did you shift from fashion design and illustration to painting?

CP: I worked as a designer for 15 years and then retired to raise my children. I would do small artistic projects like paint portraits, paint furniture; I had a hand painted t-shirt line. Then when my youngest daughter went to college, 3 years ago, I started painting full time again.

CF: With such a vast body of work under your belt, you must have some serious self-discipline going on! What’s your secret to productivity?

CP: I’m neurotic, haha. I am just wired this way. I need to sleep 8 hours a night and I can’t sleep if I have too much to do so I am just super focused and I make lots of “to do” lists.  I LOVE crossing out items on my “to do” list! It gives me a sense of accomplishment and then I can relax enough to get my 8 hours of sleep.

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