As a child in Alaska Cynde Roof spent her days in the enchanting shady black jack forest of half dusky days and black sand beaches. Light and shadow were her playmates in a wonderland of bubbling imagination and beauty. This childhood encouraged rich and splendiferous play that informs the special way that Cynde views and describes the world.
Never having perceived that she had limits, her life has been unusual. “I have lived homeless in Paris, have had a bear as a playmate, mixed martinis behind the bar at fourteen, and have had a near death experience that gave me the ability to teach myself to paint after congestive heart failure took me to the edge of the abyss in 2005”
Since her artist life began, she has conducted many cultural and painting workshops around the world in exotic locales. She has leased castles in Italy, country houses in France, and other exciting locations here and abroad to lead her students in the elegant artistry of plein air painting.
She is represented by the best fine art galleries, has taught art at the university level, and owned a private art atelier. Her latest studio, just completed, she describes as a blissful place. It’s part painting studio, part salon for talking deep into the night with, firebrands, painters, sculptors, writers, and other life creatives.
The universe wrote Cynde a different prescription for her later worklife. As a self taught artist she fears that she breaks all the rules as she fashions creative conversations on the canvas. Her intuitive eye sees drama and mystique in everyday animals, objects and situations that she connects in handsome scenarios described with paint.
“I must paint the way my mind works and how I see relationship between things. I want to be authentic to that happiness. I am humbled that people trust their desires to wish for and attain my work. It’s not just validation for what I do, but a spiritual connection that my different way of seeing has reached another person. This is the measure of success for me.”
Cynde Roof moved to Santa Fe with her husband, Rodney, a few years ago from Oklahoma to be a part of the art energy in The City Different. Life is a joyful journey for them with their fur children on the Camino Real.