in Saigon, Vietnam, Colis's family settled in the Philip#990000pines.
In the early 1980s, she migrated to Louisiana. Cynthia's father would
work at night on his paintings while she provided him company at his
easel. She attended the University of Southwest Louisiana (BFA Advertising
Design). She also studied oil painting under Carl Groh and Greg Kreutz.
In September 2001, Cynthia made San Diego her home. In 2004, she completed
many courses at The Florence Academy of Art. Founded in 1991 by Daniel
Graves, the Academy provided her with instruction in classical drawing
and painting based on the philosophy of returning to discipline in art,
to principles of beauty, and to the examination of the natural world
and the Old Masters. Although, Colis's style was born from the simplicity
and soulfulness of southern living, she has always maintained a profound
enthusiasm and respect for the old masters.
- Cynthia Colis