Sunset Art Gallery of Amarillo




Cecy Turner


As a painter, one of my goals is to produce a well-drawn painting that is arranged so that the viewer’s eye is drawn in to the focal area and moved around the piece. I take a lot of time with my initial drawing, because I feel that this is an integral part of every painting.  Without it, the work falls apart, even to a viewer who has had no artistic training. I do not believe that a good painting  just “happens;” it is the result of planning, hard work and a strong structural beginning with a very accurate drawing.  I always do small compositional sketches before I begin a painting, whether I’m painting outdoors or in my studio.  I’ve found that the more satisfied I am with my preliminary sketch, the easier my painting process is because I’ve worked out most of  the problems beforehand.


However, my major goal is to evoke a feeling in people who view my paintings – peacefulness or calm serenity, happiness or nostalgia.  I want to depict a place that the viewer wants to be, and I do this by concentrating on “painting the light” or “painting the mood” throughout my painting process rather than painting the things.  I try to capture the moment in time that I felt when I experienced the subject by thinking about it constantly while I paint.  If I can convey the things that I felt when I experienced the subject and convey my excitement, I’m happy about the work and ready to go try to make my next painting an even better one.


Cecy’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows in the United States and Japan.  Her work is found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, such as the Brevard Art Museum, National Audubon Society and Paralyzed Veterans of America, to name a few.