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I’m a contemporary landscape artist who lives and paints in the mountains of rural Northern New Mexico. The primary inspiration for my work is the beauty and power of the natural world.  My paintings reflect my love of places off the beaten path, and the unexpected associations and subtle contrasts present in nature. My current process combines oil, cold wax, powdered pigments and other natural materials that are layered and excavated to reveal hidden depths of color and texture.

Certain landscapes choose us, and work on us profoundly long after we’ve left them. This personal geography is as unique to each of us as a fingerprint. The rich and abiding relationship to those places that have claimed me forms the foundation for my ongoing work. – Cindy Stapper


2022 Hidden, online exhibit, Taos, NM

2019 Crossings, solo exhibit, Atelier 1205, Austin, TX

2018   Uncommon Gallery group show, Austin, TX

2017   private group show, San Antonio, TX

2015   Manifestation Arts group show, Dixon, NM

2013   Layers: The Hidden Made Visible, two person show, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2013   February Featured Artist, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2012   Arboles y Agua, solo exhibit, Copper Moon Gallery, Taos, NM

2011   New Work, solo exhibit, Ojo Sarco Pottery, Ojo Sarco, NM

2010   High Road Studio Tour group show, Ojo Sarco Pottery, Ojo Sarco, NM

2006  Sanctuary: A Year of Moments at Barton Springs Pool, solo exhibit, Austin, TX


2019 Cindy Stapper: Between Realism and Abstraction, Podcast Interview on The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell,

2012 Arboles y Agua, Arts Section Feature, Rio Grande Sun

2012 Colors, Mists and Shadows, Taos Magazine


2019 Monte Vista Spring selected for Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Permanent Art Collection, 2019 Juried Competition

2015-18 Workshop and independent study, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland


1984   Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX

1981   Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

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