Married since 1981, Cynthia Quinn and John Ribble are accomplished Wisconsin artists. Both have extensive careers as graphic artists, designers and instructors. Cynthia owned a graphic design business for several years and John was an instructor in the Graphic Design and Illustration program at Madison College for 32 years.
Cynthia Quinn’s Artist Statement:
“My predilection to draw and paint was first exhibited as a three year old child. My mother would sit me in front of an easel and I would paint for hours at a time. As an adult I have been lucky to have made a living as a graphic designer, offering successful creative management services for a host of varied local and national clients. I was working for one such company when I met my husband, John Ribble. We have been designers, art instructors and art producers for 40 years. In late 2013 we moved to a mid-century modern home to expand to an entire floor of the house as studio space. During the six month remodeling phase I was without a workplace and needed to find a solution. Through a fortuitous relationship with my friend Leslee Nelson, I began experimenting with textiles and hand-embroidery as a medium to express myself. I found I could work just about any anywhere and needed very little space. Once our studio was up and running I realized that textile art making had shifted my process. It has been rejuvenating to make art through this different lens. Using texture, embroidery threads, beads, and hand-dyed fabrics has added a whole new dimension to my vocabulary of expression. I don’t intend to leave drawing and painting behind. I feel hand-stitching is akin to drawing; mark making but with thread. I also have found ways to incorporate painting into my pieces. As always, inspiration flows from the natural world that never ceases to provide creative ideas.”
John Ribble’s Artist Statement:
“While teaching, I was lured into the world of landscape painting by a colleague Chris Gargan. We went on many a plein air adventure into western and southern Dane County and beyond. I began painting in oil but transitioned to pastels staying with the medium ever since. I have worked exclusively in plein air (a french term for working in “the open air”) for the past 25 years.”