Cindy was born in Burlingame, California. Her hunger to create art began as a small child and continued throughout childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in art at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Cindy's deep love of nature inspired much of her studies. She spent most of her senior year in both the mammalogy and ornithology labs on campus as well as attending many of the science trips in the field to study rare and endangered species for her senior project. She came to love the study of accurate anatomical rendering, a skill that is at the heart of her work to this day. She works in watercolor, pen and ink, and paints nature designs on second-hand wood furniture she and her husband find on thrift store treasure hunts. It is always a delight to sand away old paint to reveal the beautiful woodgrain below that sets the stage for renderings of nature designs. Preferring life in the wild outdoors, Cindy and her husband make their home in a log cabin in the woods on their small organic farm in Northeast Washington State. Sharing their environs with the local bears, wolves, moose, cougars, coyotes, fox, a myriad of birds ranging from the smallest of chickadees to the majestic Great Horned Owl and Bald Eagle gives Cindy living inspiration as she continues in her creative endeavors. The domesticated life on the farm includes the small herd of dairy goats, chickens, cats, rabbits, and Cindy's beloved livestock guard dogs. She and John have grown twins, their son who is a research scientist and professional musician and their daughter, a professional artist in her own right.