Brief Biography

I am a full time artist and teacher. My Husband of thirty years, a potter, and I work out of our home studio in Warrenville, Illinois. It is a place of creative dust. I have always been making art and am fortunate enough to have parents who recognized and encouraged my work. At age seven I began taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. I earned a bachelors in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. In the year 2000 I received my M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University and have been teaching drawing there full time.

I became involved with the health field. Through investigation of the physical effects of time on the body, I found a fascination with aging flesh. Not only am I observing age on the human anatomy but time’s impact on the organic matter around. I am a committed gardener and often watch as the tomatoes ripen, to rot, to seed ,to regeneration. I witness the same cyclic effect on the matter of fabric and flesh.

My family and the nature surrounding my studio have become the resource for my visual vocabulary. I am inspired by continuous changes observed through inner connnectedness felt by engaging time and the positive metamorphosis of the body and spirit. It is possible to see the full potential of life in nature and I find it imperative to offer this image to the viewer through drawing.


My first drawing teacher in graduate school, David Bower, told me to be a sponge. Dr. Richard Carp asked, “Who cares about your work, what makes it have relevance and be effective?” He taught me the spiritual, the human side of art. Charlotte Rollman talked of art in our future places and asked us to open our stories. I have had a teacher who literally danced us through history and the halls, Josh Kind. Mary Beth Koos reframed history from a feminist point of view, showing the strength and power of artists neglected yet persevering as models. These wonderful instructors have profoundly influenced my work and in some cases my life. I am thanking you.

My committee members have always been there as my teachers, coaches, and friends. Debra Grall actually entered my dreams, close to a nightmare, as she drew darker lines on my delicate drawings and yelled, “Give them a context!” Thank you. Dorothea Bilder made me appreciate the formal issues, shared the concepts and took away the exacto knife, then gave it back when appropriate. Thank you. My chair, Yale Factor, has been enthusiastically pushing with his good humor and encouragement for the last three years. No one has touched my work as much. His door was always open. Thank you for the opportunity to work with all of you. This experience has been a great gift.

I would like to thank my family and friends for their enthusiastic support and wonderment for my travel through academia. Thank you for listening, sharing, and balancing my life. To my mother-in-law for her love and belief in me, I am so grateful. To my mother, my friend and role model, you are an awesome inspiration. To my children: son Earl, for maturing into a caring being, and daughter Emily, for co-counseling weekly, modeling pantyhose over her head, and sharing my anxiety, you are my motivation. The most heartfelt gratitude is for my husband, my best friend, Earl Heinz. Thank you for living this trip with me, nightly ruminating about art and life, critiquing the cell structure of stockings, modeling in your sleep, and never questioning why I wanted to draw water drops off the hair on your arms. Thank you for always being there for me.

Sincerely, Cindy