Cynthia Kelly Overall is a Kentucky artist known for her soft, luminous oil paintings of pastoral scenes. Her new paintings are inspired by her recent travels from the sea of Cornwall through the Moors of Devonshire, England. She spent time in the village of Penzance in Cornwall to see an exhibit by Elizabeth (1859-1912) and Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947). Mr. Forbes was a master painter and the father of the Newlyn School of Painting. Overall was delighted to see that most of Forbes paintings are large scale which enabled her to really study his technique. The exhibition influenced her to paint on larger panels than usual for this new series. After Cornwall Overall stayed in Devon and traveled to different types of farms, observing the cows and sheep and the changing air of the regions. Back home in her studio Overall said, “it was an absolute honor to paint the gorgeous countryside that is thankfully still pristine.” These atmospheric paintings depict scenes from the countryside of the Moors of Devonshire. Painted in her unique style, the influences of old masters are evident in her technique and lighting.
Overall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s degree from Rosary Graduate School of Fine Arts, in Florence, Italy. Her work can be found in major collections worldwide.