I was actually born in Point Fortin, where my father worked for Shell Oil Company. We then moved to Rio Claro, before settling in Port of Spain; so I guess I still like the quietness of my childhood surroundings. Both my parents were artistic; everyone in the family seemed to be- uncles, cousins, so it was just a way of life for us... art and music, as natural as breathing.
I went to Holy Name Convent, then started working at Corbin Advertising, training in the art department. I soon after got married, had four children, moved to Canada, and then Puerto Rico, before returning to Trinidad; I painted very little over that time. Once back in Trinidad, however, I began getting involved in a variety of artistic endeavors- stage makeup for operas at Queen's Hall, designing, building and painting set designs for a dance company's stage shows. I painted portraits, designed costumes, fabric painted on clothing, body painted; I even painted a mural on a wall for a children's daycare.
When my youngest child was about to enter secondary school I started a job in a picture framing business. I was so passionate, that five years later I became a partner in a new company, Horizons Framing and Decor, and then Horizons Art Gallery.
Over the years I've participated in several short-term courses with artists such as Roberta Stoddart, Isiah Boodhoo, and George Scribner, learning and benefiting from them all. My greatest appreciation, however, has to be for my dear friend Harry Bryden, who has always been supportive and encouraging. I paint with him sometimes, and hope to do so more often.
To say who my influences are would be too difficult, as I see and am affected by so much art. I love Boscoe Holder and Frida Khalo's work, and would love to be able to paint like Boodhoo! Horizons will be twenty years old in 2016, and now that I have officially retired, much more of my time will be dedicated to painting.
The pieces in this exhibition have been painted in oils and acrylic.
Cynthia Bacchus, married Fernandes, attended the Nola's Hatterman Art Academy as a teenager in her native Suriname.
Cynthia studied International Relations and Political Science in Amsterdam (MA). While posted in Sydney Australia in 1993 she joined the Bondi Beach Art School, she undertook more art courses in Amsterdam including figure drawings.
She has attended group workshops with Wulf Gerstenmaier in 2003 and taken part in group exhibitions.
A lover of art and music, Cynthia paints for relaxation and clearly gets tremendous enjoyment from it.
She believes that painting develops and balances both sides of the brain. Her pieces for this exhibition are executed with acrylic.