The Cypher


Cindy M. McClure 2014

Alla Prima Oil on Canvas

40" x 30"


Cypher; a person or thing of no importance, a nonentity…………just another body in the crowd of many bodies.


While gathering the objects for this still life painting, I walked passed my gallery of dolls and paused. I have produced so many dolls over the past 35 years that it's difficult to look at any one doll as "special", they are all equal to me. So I decided to choose one small doll and include her in my painting as the object that doesn't belong. An amazing thing happened; my still life came alive. No matter how beautiful the other objects are, you are drawn back to her eyes again and again as if they demand your attention. From being an absolute cypher in a sea of other dolls, she has now become the most important object in a collection where she doesn't belong.

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About Cindy M. McClure

I flunked 8th grade art class so figured art wasn't my cup of tea. Then later in life I was "forced" to take private oil painting lessons, which I did for less than a year, and loved it. I took a drastic u-turn and found myself smack dab in the middle of sculpting that catapulted me into a very long successful career. I also did illustrations for concept development teams through the years as well. I now find myself yearning to be back on canvas, so I've started painting again just to get a portfolio together and to find my niche. Other than those few months of private lessons years ago (landscapes only), I too am self taught. I paint what I feel, and read about different techniques for additional inspiration.