Cindy Chinn is a full-time artist, and nowadays she is mostly recognized by her carved pencils sculptures.
When she creates artwork, she is reminded her lucky to have the freedom to do what she chooses. That wasn’t always the case in her fast paced world in a corporate art career. Now Cindy lives in Nebraska and is able to fulfill the goal of being a fine artist and having the space to explore many interests.
Artist Cindy Chinn created a commissioned work for the California-based Epiphany Elephant Museum, a miniature graphite carving of a family of elephants. The piece, titled “Elephant Walk,” features the animals on the tip of a carpenter’s pencil alongside trees that are dotted to imitate foliage. To accurately carve the minuscule materials, Chinn utilizes a magnifying lamp and trinocular microscope. This wasn’t the only work of this type.
The artist says: “Although I love to work in almost any medium, I’m now known for my pencil lead carvings. All it takes is one ‘viral’ image to change your direction! I’ve been working with pencils for all of 2016. In between pencil commissions, I’m creating new designs in old handsaws and other tools.”
Recently she had discovered a love for wood carving and it is taking most of her time right now. “I have completed a number of commissions and am truly enjoying finding the secrets hidden in a piece of wood. I carved three vintage church pews and added back-lit glass mosaics to them. I relish the challenges that come with this outlet for my creativity.”