An Artist is not paid for her labor but for her vision.
— James Whistler
My name is Cindy Perkins. I am an artist.
I was raised in Sarasota, Florida, a once sleepy subtropical paradise that’s continues to change and grow. It’s been my muse, my inspiration, before I called myself an artist. My journey began after graduating from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 1984 with a degree in Fine Arts.
Along the way, I have held many side jobs, keeping the dream alive while making ends meet, acting as my own gallery, gathering local clients as well as selling numerous pieces to private collectors across the country, in Europe and other parts of the globe. My artwork has appeared on the covers of local and national publications, as well s being profiled in a number of magazines and newspapers.
My goal is to finish a series of oil paintings showcasing distinct landmarks from Sarasota’s past, from the 1930’s into the 1950’s. With cherished memories and through painstaking research, I’m bringing to life beautiful scenes and historic buildings that not longer exist, recreating them on canvas.
I have started with my favorite – the Lido Casino. In my youth, the casino was a magical place where I spent many days and nights. After completing my “Lido” piece, I plan to paint the John Ringling Towers, the Ritz Carlton Longboat Key, Mira Mar Hotel, Kress and Badger Drug Store (once located on Five Points), and the Main Street Depot, where the Ringling Brothers Circus once arrived by train.
There is a plethora of history in Sarasota which should not be forgotten but celebrated. Everyone that comes to this beautiful place should be aware of its marvelous past.
- 2001-2008 Euduz Salon/Gallery, Sarasota FL Solo Exhibitions
- 11/07-3/08 Ana Molinari Gallery Sarasota FL Selected Exhibitions
- 1/08 Barbara Banks Studio Sarasota FL Selected Exhibitions Fall
- 2007 Alumni Show Ringling College of Art & Design Sarasota FL Selected Exhibitions
- 10/07-5/08 Abbott Gallery Sarasota FL Selected Exhibitions
- 10/01-1/02 Selby Public Library Sarasota FL Selected Exhibitions with “First Response”
- 12/98-3/99 Sarasota Art Center Sarasota FL Solo Exhibitions
- Jane Berk, Director of Public Relations, ABC Home NY, NY
- Lorraine Chamberlain, Collector, San Francisco, CA
- Jack Dowd, Sculptor, Sarasota, FL
- Penn Jillette, Magician, La Vegas, NV
- Brian Johnson, ACDC, Sarasota, FL
- Mike Peters, National Cartoonist, Sarasota, FL
- David and Carol Rawle, Ford model, Charleston, SC
- Geraldo Rivera, Journalist, NY, NY
- Peter Lindquist, Collector, Sweden
- Carol Titleman, former President of George Lucas Films, NY, NY