Cindy Chinn

I am a full-time Artist and when I create artwork, I am reminded how lucky I am to have the freedom to do I as choose. That wasn’t always the case in my fast paced world in a corporate art career. Living in Nebraska allows me to fulfill my goal of being a fine artist and having the space to explore my many interests.
I work in a lot of different mediums, but most of my time is spent working with carving tools. I might be carving a pencil lead while looking through a microscope and then work on a church pew the next day.
After seeing a few carved pencil leads online, I decided to try and make one to enter in a miniature show at a local gallery. I had a lot of fun with it and later in the year, an image of it went viral across the internet. I was soon swamped with inquiries and commissions and began forging a new path in my art career. I didn’t set out to become “an internationally renowned pencil carver”, but as they say, “if the shoe fits…”.
I have always had a fondness for creating artwork from regular items and my pencil art is a reflection of that long held tradition. I also work in metal and have spent a lot of time creating artwork from common tools like saws and shovels.
I love my studio: the former Chester School was built in 1907 and purchased by Art Whitton and myself in 2006. Moving from Las Vegas to Nebraska later that year.
There is a lot of history in this old building as well as square footage, 33,000+ of classroom space which I have turned into art studios, a full gym which we should use more often, on 3.5 acres that some would consider a full-time job. (Read an article – Aug 2015 – regarding re-purposing schools in Nebraska)
Mainly, it is “our home/office”, though from time to time I have art workshops and hold special viewings of my larger canvas mural projects before they are shipped off to be installed.
Every Christmas we decorate the front of the school for the holidays and entertain the community and travelers from near and far with a Light and Sound Show of Christmas Lights timed to music. Visitors park out front and tune their radios into our FM transmission and watch the show. Each year this projects grows through donations from our supportive community.
My future plans for the school are to turn it into an Artist Retreat, where artists of all skill levels and disciplines can get away for a weekend or a week for private lessons and group classes, or to work on a special project on their own.

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