Cindy Carstesen


Cindy is continually fascinated by the ever-changing textures and brilliant luminosity one can achieve with watercolours. She takes an intuitive approach and paints how she feels about a space, not necessarily what she sees in front of her. She loves to stretch the boundaries of watercolour through experimentation with texture creation and adding other media such as acrylic inks.

For Cindy, painting is about the journey as much as it is about the final result. Her paintings are inspired by the beautiful hiking trails and rolling countryside of South-Eastern Ontario and Algonquin Park as well as her travels to other parts of Canada.

Cindy began studying watercolours at the age of 13 with a local watercolour artist, and eventually went on to graduate from the Fine Art Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, where she now makes her home. She continues to study new techniques and hone her skills through books, workshops, and online courses.

Her paintings are in private collections across Canada. They can also be viewed through her social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Cindy also designs clothing, home décor, and accessories for Art of Where based in Montreal under the name Groovy Little Rebel Designs.