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Mobile Artists on Their Artistry – Interview with Cynthia Morgan from the United States

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We are delighted to publish the fifteenth of our new styled interview entitled ‘Mobile Artists on Their Artistry’. Within this interview, we ask highly successful mobile artists twenty questions about their backgrounds, their work, social media, how Covid-19 has influenced their creative life and so much more…

Today, we are proud to feature highly talented artist Cynthia Morgan. She owned a large commercial creative agency and photography studio for 37 years, and upon retiring in 2019, she is now enjoying the freedom to create and explore new mediums.

To read our other interviews in this series with Jane Schultz, Susan Latty, Cindy Karp, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Deborah Kleven Morbeto, Patty Larson, Adrian McGarry, Catherine Caddigan, Rita Colantonio, Sarah Bichachi, Marco Prado, Mehmet Duyulmuş Gerry Coe and Peter Wilkin please go here.

All images ©Cynthia Morgan

How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know your work?

I am an artist that creates imagery and stories by blending photography, painting, and layering. I also do sculpture.

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What name do you use within social media and was this a conscious decision?

Camorgan.art. Just a simple choice based upon my name, web, and email availability.

What kind of family did you grow up in?

A conventional family in a small town in USA, Ohio. Mother was a homemaker; father was a stockbroker.

Did your childhood influence your ideas about creativity?

I don’t know that my childhood influenced me, but my creativity was forever present… From a very early age, the 64-color crayon box with the sharpener was my coveted possession. As I got older, I was always in the woods, dragging home logs, and sticks, and rocks, and treasures. I was creative in my clothing and my décor, and most everything that surrounded me. My visual space and world have always been critically important to me.

Did your parents support your creativity?

No, LOL, not really. They saw it as a past time and were probably annoyed when I had oil paints in the dining room. My father saw my college art major as a degree very expensive with supplies!

When was the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?

When I realized it was the only college major that did not require a math class! Seems shallow, but true. Not having had much art background or support, I guess there was something within me that knew this was the path I should take.

What is creativity to you?

Creativity, to me, is not about skill or talent, but is a way of viewing the world. I feel so blessed to have been given the ability to observe life through the eyes of an artist.

What did you do before (if appropriate) becoming an artist?

I have always been an artist and a designer. I owned a large commercial creative agency and photography studio for 37 years, and upon retiring in 2019, I am enjoying the freedom to create and explore new mediums.

Where are you most creative?

I live in three separate homes with very different locations and lifestyles, and I find peace and creativity in each of them because of their uniqueness. I also live alone, which I feel allows me time to ponder, reflect, rejoice, and find gratitude in each of these beautiful places that I have created to foster and support me, which in turn results in my ability to produce work.

What inspires you?

Everything…joy, love, peace, pain, anguish, nature, travel. Travel, which I have very much missed these past almost 2 years. For the 3 years prior to Covid I spent a month of winter in Paris, and or Florence.

Who inspires you?

Everyone…those I love, those I hate, those that came before me, those yet to come, and of course all the famous, and not so famous artists, and everyone on this site!

Does your engagement on social media help you to plan your future projects?

Not really, but some of the Facebook groups have assignments and dialogue that have absolutely answered questions and helped my growth. I only began this venture as an artist upon my retirement, and at the onset of Covid. I was scheduled to attend a mixed media iphoneography workshop that was cancelled, and at that point I became active in several groups, mentored with two wonderful artists, found TheAppWhisperer, and discovered a community of like-minded artists.

What does your average day look like?

If I am at my farm, I get up and feed my cats, go outside and maybe walk in the fields or woods, spend many hours in my gardens, planning, planting, weeding, harvesting, depending upon the season…and cooking, canning, freezing. I have lots of guests and visitors that I enjoy. Then most every day, I spend time sitting in my barn or on one of the porches doing my art. In the city, I walk the park or city streets, meet friends at restaurants, spend time with my family and grandbaby, take care of appointments and business, and still always find time to relax with my art. At the beach or lake, I also spend a lot of time outside, do my yoga and exercise, and always find time for art…especially on rainy days!

Is it your intention to ask questions or make the viewer question what they see?

It is my intent that the viewer somehow questions and becomes engaged in whatever way a piece might speak to them.

Is there humour in your work?

Sometimes.

How important is failure in your work process? Do you incorporate it into your creative process?

Well, I don’t particularly like failure, but it is inevitable and is how one grows.

How do you deal with criticism?

I like to think, well. Hearing constructive ideas foster growth, and yet, I do also think that art is very subjective, and as artists it is important to remain true to oneself. In my marketing career, dealing with clients was often, very stunting to creativity. I enjoy doing work that is pleasing to others, but also if for only myself.

Has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced your creative life?

While I am becoming quite weary of it and feel that it is having a negative effect on my ability to create, initially it allowed me the time to devote endless uninterrupted hours that were critical and beneficial to my growth.

Who dead or alive would you like to have dinner with?

Michelangelo, and I would want to have just him, to have him all to myself.

What is the best piece of advice that you’ve heard and still repeat to others?

I don’t know that I have heard it, but my advice to myself and to others, is “just keep moving”. Sometimes one is not sure where they are going, but if you keep moving, generally interesting things are found along the way.

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