Artist of the Month: Cynthia Jane Treviño, Interview pt.1

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Rosas for Mamá, Mixed Media Collage, 2015 by Cynthia Jane Treviño

What was the first piece of art you ever made?

Probably a ceramic bowl I made in elementary school. I remember learning about Texas Indian tribes and creating clay pinch pots. I’m so grateful for my art teacher, Ms. Angel. She taught me meaningful, multicultural lessons that helped me develop an appreciation for art and indigenous cultures.

What/who inspires you to create?

I find inspiration in my family, friends and mentors. My father’s photo albums influenced my interest in photography. I’m most inspired by the self-portraits and photos he took while serving overseas in the US Air Force. I’m especially fascinated by images of my grandparents. I was also fortunate to have supportive teachers that encouraged me to pursue higher education and explore my passions.


Grandma Treviño as La Virgen de Guadalupe, Mixed Media Collage, 2014

Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist and art educator from San Antonio. She received her MA in Art Education from the University of Texas in Austin. She currently resides in Portland where she teaches art and explores the Pacific Northwest with camera in hand.

See more of her work HERE.


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