Cynthia Dunaway was born in Excelsior, Minnesota. From the beginning, she had a keen interest in putting down onto paper what she saw in nature and loved to draw from life. After meeting Stapleton Kearns in 1986, Cynthia moved to Cape Ann to pursue her interest in painting. Since then, she has been deeply committed to the development of her artistic expression through the use of charcoal and pencil in life drawing and as a “plein air” painter. Cynthia has studied with numerous Cape Ann artists: Stapleton Kearns, Bernie Gerstner, Ruth Hagstrom, Debbie Clarke, David Curtis, Don Stone and Paul George. She also attended Montserrat College of Art and Mass. College of Art in Boston. Cynthia has been the recipient of many awards, such as the Earl Merchant Memorial Award for excellence in portraiture, the C. Bruce Brown Memorial Award in oil painting, theGerald Epstein Memorial Award for innovative graphic work and the Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal. She is a returning artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Rockport Art Association and a former member of the Local Colors/Artists Co-op in Gloucester, MA.