Cynthia Shaffer has explored many disciplines in her 30+ year career. Upon graduating from Columbia College Chicago, she worked in a corporate graphics department while freelancing for a magazine publisher. After marrying and moving to Phoenix, AZ she art directed a trade magazine while constructing
large sandblasted ceramic tile pieces with abstract images featured in area galleries. A move to Florida included an art directing job with a
city magazine while creating colored pencil flower illustrations sold nationally as greeting cards. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1990, began working for a
book publisher, and after starting a family began painting murals and working with animals.
Cindy's current art is a unique nature-based collage of elements meant to lure the viewer into seeing repellent or insignificant objects in a new light.
Using insects, bones, feathers, and beach detritus as well as man-made items such as circuit boards, watch parts and antique coins, she builds
intricate patterns that accentuate the beauty of each element. Faces, mandalas and beasts emerge from these shadowboxed arrangements
releasing responses not ordinarily associated with the materials used.
Her work has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Phoenix and New York, and has sold in several area galleries. She organized a
three-women show called Earthborn which featured her work along with two other nature-inspired artists. In 2012 She juried and showed in an exhibition
entitled "In the Belly of the Beast", focusing on the uncontrollable in our environment. In 2014 she curated the "Wild Things" art exposition, kicking off a
summer campaign that included a building installation and themed classes. She has also taught kick boxing, played keyboards/sung in rock bands and
created flower arrangements for several weddings.
Cindy divides her time between fine art, teaching, henna tattooing and working for five non-profit organizations, the Animal Rescue League
Shelter & Wildlife Center, the Butler County Humane Society, Sweetwater Art Center, Society of Contemporary Craft and Our Clubhouse.
Please visit the non-profit section of this sit to learn more about these institutions.
She lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband Todd and a menagerie of pets. To contact her, send an email to: