This oil might be the result of Cynthia's trip to Italy and France with her husband, artist William Birnie. It depicts a Mediterranean landscape; a view of a villa seen from a vineyard at sunset. The blues and greens create coolness, while the bright orange tones of the roof tops give a contrast and warmth that maintains the equilibrium and sense of tranquility.
The vineyard is in the foreground of the composition. The white and pinkish base of the ground highlights the deep blue of the trees. The landscape, and the strong blue line across the centre of the piece, gives horizontality which contrasts with the angled and perspective lines of the buildings that drive the view to the highest point of the tower. This vertical element is the highlight of the scene. The vineyard branches as well as the two trees in the middle of the landscape enforce this upward movement. The use of a board gives the image a unique texture that is characteristic of Wall's paintings.
Cynthia has worked predominantly with oil, watercolour and pastels. Most of her paintings are still lifes; domestic interiors with objects gathered from travels abroad; landscapes and figurative subjects. The scale of her work tends to be small but has a surprising sensitivity to form, colour and texture. She prefers to "just get on with painting" rather than spending time analysing.
Cynthia Wall was born in London and studied in Glasgow School of Art in the mid-1940's. William Armour, David Donaldson, Geoffrey Squire and Kathleen Whyte were among her teachers. Having taught art in Dunbartonshire, she spent eighteen years raising her children. On her return to painting full time, she was elected to RSW in 1971.
She has exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh in 1993, at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute, Paisley Art Institute and in St Petersburg, Russia. Her work is also held in the permanent collection, at the House of Lords, at the Hunterian Museum and at the Lillie Gallery. Her work has been sold internationally to countries as various as the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, and USA. In addition, she has been mentioned in several publications, such as the 'Dictionary of Scottish Painters' and the book titled 'Scottish Art and Architecture'.