Artist Spotlight: Cindi Yaklich
To keep our celebration of local artists going for Boulder Arts Week, we are featuring another artist who has pieces displayed in our gallery. We asked Boulder still life artist, Cindi Yaklich, some questions so we could get to know her better. Here’s what we learned:
How would you describe your artistic style?
I love to tell stories with my still lifes in a very traditional, representational style. I love light and almost always use light as my compositional guide. I also like the drama of the dark and light. To explore is also part of the joy of painting to me, so somedays I love to let loose with big juicy brush strokes and vibrant colors.
What makes you stand out from other artists in the area?
My very traditional, representational still life painting style.
What materials do you like to use?
I love oil painting and I love to draw with a pencil or charcoal. I don’t waiver too much from either of those, but I find it very fun to experiment with the surface I am painting or drawing on. I’m currently using masonite with a layer of PVC glue and muslin followed by coats of gesso. I can sand to my desired smoothness or roughness.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Objects, I love to look around and find unique, interesting objects, many of them relate to my upbringing in CB when my folks had a dairy farm, and many antique funky things from that time. I love to study things and try to figure out what is happening in the situation. Sometimes when I am out to eat I will see utensils stacked in a particular way I find interesting or salt and pepper shakers on a shelf that interests me.
What artists do you look up to the most?
David Leffel, Chardain, Van Gogh, I’m currently really into Cezanne and how he used fabric in still lives. I’m trying to incorporate some of that into my style. Morandi and his curiosity with still lives and bottles.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I was born and raised in Crested Butte, Colorado, as were my father and grandmother. I watched the coal mines closing down and the ski area starting up. Boulder has been my home since 1975. I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver with a degree in Graphic Design. I live in the foothills north of Boulder.
What is something others might not know about you?
I had the nickname Cyclone Cindi during my stint at boxing, still waiting to come up with an art nickname.
I ran the Slovenian alpine 50K on our 30th anniversary, and have done an “inn to inn” running vacation along the Coasta Brava of Spain. Where I got to see a crazy building far in the woods that Dali had built for himself.
How do you take your coffee?
Stevia and cream
Wine. Actually on a hot summer day after a run, theres nothing better than a beer. And I love Dale’s Pale Ale and Blue Moon with an orange slice.
What would you say your spirit animal is?
Wolverine. Because I ran into one alone on the trail, face to face. And he (assuming gender) was not a very happy camper with me, I was pretty sure he was going to have me for lunch. Backed up slowly waited and waited then ran like heck. Figure if he let me go he’d be around to help me out when in need.
What does your perfect day in Colorado look like?
Hiking/running in the morning, painting in the afternoon.