Cindy Stapper was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she attended college at Trinity University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in fine art. She later received a law degree from the University of Houston, and has practiced law in Texas for a number of years. A lifelong artist, the primary inspiration for her work is the beauty and power of the natural world. Since 2007, she has divided her time between Texas and her mountain home of Northern New Mexico, whose vast rugged beauty honed her development as a professional artist. Her recent work has taken a more exploratory and personal direction, though still grounded in elements of place. She began exhibiting professionally in 2007 and her work is held in collections throughout the United States.