Art Biography

I am a self-taught artist living in Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada. My media are soapstone, pen and ink, acrylics, and oils. I have recently been focusing on developing my carvings after years of developing my artistic skills creating drawings and paintings.  Moving to Port Rowan in 2015 provided me with beautiful landscapes and an amazing variety of flora and fauna to carve, draw, and paint.

Soapstone Salamander carving in process, artist Cindy Presant

I complete sketches and basic compositional work on-site, then gradually develop ideas for new artwork in my home studio/workshop. I use multiple references for my carvings, along with my imagination, to create lifelike ducks, owls, hawks, turtles, snakes, and other creatures. 

Artistic Background

I began exhibiting my paintings and drawings 25 years ago, and have been carving soapstone since 2005.  I had numerous solo and group shows in Cayuga, in Haldimand County, where I lived and worked for many years.  My paintings focused on the rural landscapes, historical villages of Cayuga, Caledonia, and other communities, and local flora and fauna.  

I opened my Long Point Art Studio with a successful solo show in the spring of 2018. I continue to  participate in Shop The Shore (Long Point Country Chamber of Commerce, spring and fall)).

Cindy Presant, Artist

Long Point Art Studio, Port Rowan, Ontario

If you have any questions about my work, please contact me.

Show and Exhibition List

Solo Shows:

Birds, Beasts, and Beauty of Norfolk County 2018 (Long Point Art Studio, Port Rowan) 🔹Water/Stone Retrospective 2017 (Port Rowan Library, Port Rowan)🔹Haldimand County: Works in Progress 2007(Cottonwood Mansion, Selkirk)🔹 New Horizons 2005 (Haldimand Art Works, Cayuga)🔹Artistic Licence 2004 (Downtown Cayuga, Pop-up Gallery)🔹 Ruthven Retrospective 2004 (Ruthven Park NHS, Cayuga)🔹 Solo Impressions 2003 (Haldimand Art Works, Cayuga)🔹 A Painter’s Voyage 2003 (Downtown Cayuga, Pop-up Gallery)🔹 A Brush with Haldimand 2002 (Pine Farm Gallery, Cayuga)🔹 Countryside 2001 (Downtown Cayuga, Pop-up Gallery)🔹 Ink 2000 (Seasons Tea Room, Caledonia)🔹 Arkadia South 1999 (Downtown Cayuga, Pop-up Gallery)🔹 Just Flowers 1999 (Caledonia Public Library, Caledonia)🔹 Lions and Tigers 1996 (Haldimand County Museum, Cayuga)🔹 River Wanderings 1993 (Haldimand County Museum, Cayuga)

Group Shows:

Canadian Stone Carving Festival 2019 participant (Sparks Street, Ottawa), 2020, 2021, virtual participant. 🔸Norfolk Studio Tour (Artist) 2018 (Jen Lados’ Studio, Norfolk County) 🔸Autumn Treasures (Artist/Organizer) 2006,7 (Ruthven Park NHS, Cayuga)🔸Cindy & Penny’s Art Show 2000-1 (Downtown Cayuga, Pop-up Gallery)🔸Perspectives (Artist/Org) 1997-98 (Haldimand County Museum, Cayuga🔸Summer Breeze Festival (Artist/Co-Org) 1996-99 (Caledonia)🔸Grand Reflections 1996 (Haldimand County Museum, Cayuga)🔸Art Niagara Summer Art Show 1993 (Old Fire Hall, Niagara Falls)🔸Queenston Spring Art Show 1993 (Queenston)

Commissions

I have done paintings and carvings on request, with subjects covering homes, pets, people, and decorative pieces.

Art Instruction

Instructor, Haldimand Art Works Media: Soapstone carving, Drawing classes, adults and children

Painting Instructor, Lynnwood Arts Centre Acrylic painting, adults

Guest Instructor, Grand Erie District School Board Media: Soapstone carving, children

Volunteer Instructor, Artists By The Bay Soapstone carving workshops, adults

Memberships:

Niagara Arts Group (Niagara Falls) 1992-3

Artists By The Bay (Port Rowan) 2016-present