I am Cindy Gilmer and I am an aspiring artist. This blog is about my journey to find a new passion. I have spent my entire career as a high-tech executive and entrepreneur. During that time I have always sought out creative outlets to ensure my “right brain” was being used.
For many years I was an amateur dancer focusing on classical ballet. Eventually my knees decided they had done their last plié.
In the late 1990’s I started to paint having not done anything related to art since high school. I started out painting in acrylics. I primarily painted flowers, windows and doors, and other aesthetically pleasing but not too difficult subjects. In the early 2000s I took some classes from Jennifer Schoechle who was a wonderful portrait artist. During that time I transitioned from acrylics to oils. I have since added watercolors to my repertoire.
During the 2000’s I also started my own consulting company, Opus Plus, Incorporated, which focused on new product and service development and innovation for high-tech companies. Running a company takes a lot of time and effort, and also serves as a creative outlet, so during the ten years from 2001 through 2011, I focused mainly on that, only doing art occasionally.
In 2010 – 2011 time-frame, I was facing some professional and personal challenges. One major outcome from this is that my husband and I decided to make our main home in the Blue Ridge Mountains buying a home in Wintergreen Virginia. Still needing to make a living in the Washington DC area, we downsized our residence there to a condo and we spend as much time in the mountains as we can. This new setting has proven very inspirational. I also shut down my company and returned to life in a large company, leaving me with an identity crisis. I came to the realization that I needed a new passion and returning to painting has been the answer.
In 2018, I transitioned to “mostly-retired” and my husband and I moved to our home in the Blue Ridge Mountains full time. I am trying to paint more and work less.
The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences learning, discovering and making this transition from engineer to artist. I hope you enjoy my musings and maybe find some of your own passion within them.