From Art to Fire and Explosives and Back Again!
Engineer and Scientist, Cindy Marrazzo says, “Art never fails to bring me peace and happiness, whether in the form of painting or dancing, art renews my good attitude towards life.”
Most of Marrazzo’s childhood and high school years revolved around art. As a teen, Marrazzo and her three art teachers had their sights set on the Art Institute of Chicago for Cindy. However, her parents wanted something more practical. So at 16, she locked her paint brush away, and at 17, enlisted in the US Marine Corps. With the help of the USMC, Marrazzo traveled throughout most of the US, where she explored her love of nature and details became an integral part of her character.
Marrazzo started college in Architecture. However, she changed majors and earned a degree in Fire Protection Engineering in 1980. She worked for organizations such as NASA and JANNAF, did explosives research, worked on programs for the stealth bomber and the shuttle but was never really satisfied. Post graduate coursework in Biomechanical Engineering and coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois still left a part of her unfulfilled. After thirty six (36) years of working full and part time engineering jobs in fire investigations and literally watching fire burn for a living; art was still calling her. After losing her engineering job in a down economy, Marrazzo took a friend’s suggestion and picked up her paint brushes to rekindle her true love – painting. Finally content, she is delighted to have a second chance to fulfill her dreams.
Cindy’s background as a US Marine and as an engineer has influenced the Marrazzo Style that delivers phenomenal realistic details to every scene. Cindy says of her art, “I am drawn to landscapes and colors and detailed craftsmanship. My life’s training is very detail oriented. In those details, my paintings represent the character, the heart and soul of the builder, whether the builder is Mother Nature or a gifted craftsman. It is through those details, I share where I have walked. I want you to feel as if you are right there, actually walking up the steps, admiring the architecture and craftsmanship, touching the flowers and enjoy the moment as I have.”
Marrazzo has finally accomplished one of her major goals. She has combined her artistic ability, engineering training and Marine Corps discipline in the form of patience to complete her first signature piece. “Chicago at Dusk from the Adler” an original oil painting of 48” x 24” required a lifetime of experience to paint. The building’s number of windows and floors are realistic. It is the first of a series discovering Chicago at Dusk and Dawn in Marrazzo’s form of realism.
Marrazzo artwork can be found throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and is currently displayed at:
Savour Art Gallery in Algonquin, IL (New)
Barrington Bank & Trust (Since March 2011)
Animal Doctor, Cary, IL (Since October 2010)
Smith Street Station, Palatine, IL (Since November 2012)
Fox Lake Animal Hospital (Since July 2013)
2013 Best of Oils Winner – Art in the Barn Juried Art Show