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Cindy Crimmin

Shadow Play



Artist’s Statement

Like most artists, I started drawing before I could write. A little girl in love with everything pink, I first copied the ballerinas on my bedroom wallpaper. Luckily, over the years, a few important teachers helped me find a more original voice. In childhood, a school art teacher identified an early love and introduced me to world of texture and color that struck an important chord. However, it was not until adulthood that I found my own inspiration. Again, it was the good fortune to find caring, thoughtful, skilled teachers that led me first to drawing monochromatic portraits, and later to painting in pastel. Through the process, I realized that the act of painting has helped me to see and to appreciate the world around me more than I ever realized. I now specialize in portraits, landscapes and still life. The light, texture and forms that draw me to landscapes and still life are enhanced in my portrait work by the gesture and sparkle that light the human face.

Most recently, I have focused my attention on water, capturing the power of surf and the tranquil beauty of reflections. Both subjects allow me to explore the colors of New England and its unique coast. As before, these subjects only really resonate for me where the cracks of light gives the image its personality and emotion.

Cindy Whipple Crimmin, PSA, IAPS-MC
Crimmin Studios

Artist's Resume


Copley Society All Pastel Show 2020, First Place
  • IAPS Convention Show, Master Circle category, Honorable Mention, 2019
  • Pastel Journal, Pastel 100, 2018, 2019. 2020
  • Pastel Journal, Feature Article, May/June 2019
  • Pastel Society of Cape Cod Signature Show, Award of Excellence, 2017
  • Pastel Society of Cape Cod: For Pastel Only Show Awards, 2015, 2019
  • Connecticut Pastel Society: Renaissance Show Awards, 2015, 2017


  • International Association of Pastel Societies Annual Shows, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Pastel Society of America Show, Enduring Brilliance, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Connecticut Pastel Society: Renaissance in Pastel, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Three Person Show, Left Bank Gallery, August 2019
  • Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod: For Pastels Only 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Copley Society Members Winter Show 2020
  • Copley Society Portrait Show 2017
  • Copley Society Member Juried Show 2016, 2020
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art Show, Cotuit, Massachusetts, 2016
  • Gallery Seven, Maynard, Massachusetts, 2016
  • Spring Bull Gallery, Newport RI, 2016
  • Academic Artist Juried Show, Vernon, Connecticut 2015
  • Bennington Art Center Juried Show 2014


  • Pastel Society of America (Signature Member)
  • International Association of Pastel Societies (Master Circle)
  • Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (Signature Member)
  • Copley Society (Signature Member)
  • Connecticut Pastel Society 


  • Left Bank Gallery, Orleans and Wellfleet, Massachusetts
  • Francesca Anderson Gallery, Lexington, Massachusetts


  • Teaching workshops for local and national groups for the past two year, such as PPSCC 2019; PSNH 2019.
  • Demos:
    • IAPS Vose Gallery 2015
    • Framingham Art Association 2018
    • Fruitlands Museum, Harvard Massachusetts
  • Private classes in my studio 2016-present
  • 41 years of teaching in public and private schools; 34 years as classroom teacher and 7 years as an administrator; Ph.D in Education