Cid immigrated to the USA, from the Azores, when she was five years old. From a young age, she enjoyed drawing everything around her. As she grew older, she developed a love for oil painting. Though she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Business/Finance from Boston University, she never gave-up her dream of becoming an artist. Although primarily self thought, she has been fortunate to take numerous plein air and studio art lessons through various art associations. She paints what she would buy. Cid’s methods are traditional and mostly realistic, paying close attention to values and perspective. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She quickly realized painting was the best medicine. It allowed her to escape for hours while creating art. Her inspiration comes from just about anything: looking-up and seeing how light filters down through the million leaves of a maple tree. Or perhaps, it’s a bowl of spicy peppers, each unique, and yet together an arrangement of colors that evoke a festive time.
florals, still lifes, landscapes
Materials and Techniques
All my oil paintings are done on either linen or cotton duck stretched canvases. My approach is traditional and employs multiple layers, working from lean to fat, unless I’m working En Plein Air. My personal style utilizes realistic techniques, paying close attention to values and perspective. Prior to painting, I work on small scale studies, until I’m pleased with the composition.