Cynthia Packard (b. 1957) has been artistic since childhood. From hanging batiks at sidewalk shows with her mother to creating mixed media paintings on a variety of subjects.
After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1981 with an MFA in sculpture, Packard elected to move to Provincetown where her family’s artistic lineage began. Her great grandfather, Max Bohm (Gold Medalist of the Paris Salon in 1898) is credited as an original founder of Provincetown’s establishment as an artist’s colony. Her mother, Anne Packard, is a world-renowned landscape painter and was a very important part of her decision to live there and paint.
Packard modeled for the late Fritz Bultman and eventually became his sole student. It was during her twice-weekly studies with Bultman that she learned the Hofmann method of drawing, which she describes as almost scientific in nature. The founding editor of Provincetown Arts Magazine, Chris Busa, observed that Packard has an innate understanding of the importance of the removal of lines, revision of gesture and the radical use of the reorientation of geometry.
Packard married in Provincetown and is the mother of four. Her eldest son, Zachary, represents the fourth generation of painters, continuing the family’s lineage of artistic talent.
Packard instructs an intensive painting and optional drawing workshop in Provincetown to a limited number of emerging artists. Her mother, Anne, often pitches in during the workshops to offer critiques and provide instruction.
In addition to engaging with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Packard is a regular guest artist at the Scottsdale Art School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and Castle Hill School of the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts.
An effective and inspirational teacher, she challenges participants to search for their personal truths – which require sensitivity, stamina, commitment and bravery. Her instruction includes one-on-one attention, group critiques and demonstrations which focus on composition, color, mark making, brush strokes, personal themes and emotional content. For more information and reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"The works, at first glance seem calm. But all illusions of tranquility dissolve when examining Packard's surfaces. Here, troubled zones of color form a rolling patchwork that conceals, like a heavy autumn sea, the shape and weight of unseen mysteries and anguish. The artist's tensions, her fury and her uncertainties, are palpable."
- Ken Shulman, Arts & Antiques.
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (St. Joseph, MO)
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO)
Red Cross (CT)
Biogen, Inc. (MA)
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (MA)
Merrill Lynch (CA)
Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale University (CT)
Provincetown Arts Association (MA)
Recent Exhibitions and Galleries
2018 Nationally Recognized Provincetown Art Association and Museum Solo Retrospective: “My Voyage” (MA)
Chase Young Gallery (MA)
Packard Gallery, Provincetown, MA
The Quidley Gallery (FL)
The National Arts Club (NY)
Art & Antiques Magazine
Art New England Magazine
Cape Cod Life Publications
The Boston Globe