“Born in Chicago, Illinois, Cynthia Carlson is a painter associated with a 1970s art movement called "Pattern and Decoration," named because its proponents made artwork based on commonplace decorative motifs. Her pieces fitting into this style had squiggles of paint applied through a pastry tube that suggested icing on a cake or frilly lace. Often her pieces had paint applied so thickly they gave the three-dimensional appearance of sculpture. She has also done murals including for the Baltimore, Maryland airport.
In her work, she has expressed a keen sense of humor and whimsy. She has also been an avid mountain climber, and some of her pieces suggest the landscape and conquering aspects of this activity.”