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South Shore Sneaker

by Cynthia Huff

Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 30
Purchased through a National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1975

South Shore Sneaker by Cynthia Huff

The Artwork

This somewhat unusual still life presents the viewer with a jumble of clothes, book bag, sneakers, and a loosely coiled rope lying on the floor. Painted realistically, this interior scene may remind some viewers of a carefree vacation. The items are presented in a naturalistic and haphazard manner, as if the owner of these clothes had just spilled the items onto the floor in an effort to find something or possibly in a rush to get back to the beach. The painting also presents a bit of a mystery as the viewer's attention may be directed to the red ribbon located just to the left of the center of the canvas, leaving the viewer to ponder, "What is the significance of the rope and ribbon?"

The Artist

Cynthia Huff is an accomplished painter, designer, muralist, and illustrator who served as a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design where she was awarded the Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development and nominated as exceptional faculty by the student body. Huff earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Murray State University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Her art is included in numerous exhibitions ranging from the Kemper Corporate Collection to that of the government of Guam. She has been been featured in solo, group, and juried exhibitions in Georgia, Ohio, and Oklahoma. Her paintings which strive to educate the viewer about the beauty and fragility of nature have also been exhibited at visitor centers and museums throughout the world.