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Cynthia was born and raised in Odessa, New York. She graduated with honors from Nazareth College in Rochester and studied art on the graduate level in Italy. If you have strolled by the windows of West End Gallery you may be familiar with her watercolor landscapes of the area surrounding the northern end of Seneca Lake. Cynthia is an accomplished watercolorist and her subject matter has included her friends, her family, her pets, her beloved Fiesta Ware, and the countryside around her home that she knows so well. Her love for the Finger Lakes area is clear from her watercolor landscapes that are oftentimes filled with the area’s architectural landmarks such as the barns, homes, and churches that are dear to her. There are those artists whose work we know without looking at the signature or tag. In Cynthia’s work there seems to be a little extra curl or bend in a contour; a slight imperfection in a line of perspective; an exaggerated arc on the edge of a lake. These elements tell me that the scene was drawn by the human hand and not traced, transferred or projected. The hand of the artist gives her work a unique flourish, or signature that makes it truly unique and identifiable as a Cratsley-Harrington.
“I rediscovered printmaking in 2009 when my son was working on one for a high school printmaking class. I love the entire process of making block prints: conceptualizing the idea, carving the block, printing by hand, and then adding color with pencils. I’m inspired by experiences in my life, animals, and the natural world. Over the past several years I have been especially interested by images of fertility from different cultures I enjoy studying fertility images from art history and re-creating them in my own likeness or with my own adaptations. “Cynthia Cratsley