Cynthia Metcalfe

The Art


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Approach / Inspiration

I have been interested in botanical works of art for many years.  With the founding of our botanical society in 2016, I finally took up this an exciting challenge.  The works and encouragement of Margaret Walsh Best, Dianne Sutherland and Shevaun Doherty have been inspirations.  I am especially interested in the colours and textures of bark, berries and dying leaves.


I was born and grew up on an island, exploring the woods, marshes and meadows that surrounded my home. As a child, I learned an appreciation of garden and wild flowers and the joy of houseplants from my mother. From my father I learned about planting, weeding and harvesting potatoes as I tagged along with him behind the horse and plough. As an adult, I have spent three decades painting wildflowers, landscapes and seascapes in watercolour and acrylics.  

Over the years, I have taken courses and workshops from local artists such as Gerry Squires and Ed Roche and visiting artists such as Edwin Mathews and Henry Vyfvinkel. All those experiences combined with much self-study have led me to pursue my interest in botanical art.

As a founding member of our botanical art society in 2016, I have been able to educate myself in this art through my collection of botanical art books and participation in workshops locally with Margaret Walsh Best, online courses with Anna Mason and Billy Showell (UK), Kathleen McKeehan, USA and workshops with guest instructors Shevaun Doherty (Ireland), Dianne Sutherland (UK) and Canadian artist Kerri Weller.

Exhibitions / Awards 

My paintings are in Newfoundland and Labrador government collections, corporate collections and in private collections at home and abroad.  In my many years painting, my work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, some of which include the following:

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    Art Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (AANL) - Group 
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    Bell Island Mining Centennial Art Exhibit   
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    Garden & Nature Exhibit, MUN Botanical Garden (MUNBG-2017) - Group
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    Visual Artists of Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL) - Group


Art Association of Newfoundland & Labrador

Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (BASNL) - founding member