Paper, collage elements, watercolor and acrylics, though lately I have more of an interest in fibers due to the influence of my PAC friends and their work. I like to try a variety of media but I particularly enjoy the texture and patterns of paper and love using them to make handmade journals which I work in weekly.
2. If someone were going to get started in those mediums, what suggestions would you give?
I would suggest that if someone wanted to get started in journaling, which I heartily recommend as a life changing practice, that they look at the great variety of books on the subject for inspiration, like Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life, Everyday Matters and 1000 Artist's Journals. For an easy introduction, one could take my Artful Journal class that I offer locally several times a year. I also teach private one-on-one classes as well.
Find a blank journal that you like and try to work in it in any medium at least once a week.
Cynthia's Santos:3. A perfect art day would look like...
A perfect day would be a day spent in my studio, preferably recently cleaned, with unlimited time to create, listening to my favorite music or a radio program.
I work all throughout my house, but I have two dedicated work spaces. My studio is a freestanding "playhouse" designed and built by my son, called Hidden Nest Studio, as it is tucked away at the back of the garden.
Handmade soft-cover journals:
We have been lucky enough to travel extensively and I am particularly drawn to tropical locales especially Hawaii, for the color and flowers, and Mexico for the culture. My favorite destination is usually the last place I visited.
6. What inspires you (or are there recurring themes in your work)?
Color and flora and fauna inspire me. I often include butterflies, birds or flowers in my work.
Handmade hard-cover journals:
7. I still struggle with...