Cindy Valek Mottl

‘Summertime Friends’

26” x 20”

Prismacolor Pencils on Stonehenge paper

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I have always been an artist, even when I wasn't.  The smell and feel of Crayola crayons was intoxicating to my preschool mind.  Tempera paint loaded on a brush could work magic in the middle grades.  Winning book fair poster contests in junior high, departmental honors in art in high school, and then majoring in studio art (oils) and education in college (Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1975, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) cemented the relationship.


Life intervened...grad school in a non-art field (Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties), jobs (teaching - sometimes art, and real estate), kids, pets...less and less time to paint.  Then I took a class in watercolor, a medium not taught in my college programs.  I loved the way light could be expressed by letting the white of the paper show through, utilizing the translucence of the paint.  From there I moved to painting with colored pencil.  The white of the paper and the translucence of the pigments worked the same as with watercolor, but my portraits could express more of the personality of the individual through an increase in control of detail.  I'd found my favorite medium.


My work consists primarily of portraits and florals, with the occasional landscape thrown in for fun.  I prefer to paint subjects that are in strong light and shadow as the contrast appeals to me, and my portraits tell a story, often of family life.  Much of my work is produced simply for the joy of it!



  • Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures 2 “Summertime Friends”

  • Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures 3 “Peony Time”

  • Ann Kullberg’s Hidden Treasures 4 “Red”

  • Hinsdale Center for the Arts 2002 On Our Own Time Exhibition – 2nd place – “Fishin’”


  • Juried Member of La Grange Art League (La Grange, Illinois)

  • La Grange Art League Exhibit at La Grange Public Library 2017 – “Lake Leaves” and “ Summertime Friends”

  • La Grange Art League Exhibit at La Grange Public Library 2018 – “Purple Clematis #1”

  • Co-Founder of the Kensington Arts Center (FB –Kensington Arts Center,

  • Exhibited multiple pieces in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church (La Grange, Illinois)   Advent and Spring art shows in 2015, 2016, and 2017

‘Zach at Four with a Friend’  

15” x 22” 

Polychromos, Prismacolor, Pablo, and Luminance pencils on Arches Aquarelle hot press 140 lb. paper

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22” x 15” Polychromos, Luminance and Prismacolor Pencils on BFK Rives paper

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‘Wisconsin Snow Day’

28” x 22” 

Prismacolor, Luminance, Polychromos Pencils with touches of Sennelier and Neopastel Oil Pastels on Stonehenge paper,

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