Cindy Carrillo November (2006) Exhibit
Celebrated Arizona State Parks

      The year 2004 marked the diamond, or 75th, anniversary for Boyce Thompson Arboretum, an unforgettable garden collection that is among the crown jewels of the Arizona State Parks system. This year we have another milestone to celebrate: the 50-year commemoration of Arizona State Parks. Have you walked beneath the awesome travertine arch at Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, or photographed one of the magnificent sunsets over the Southern borderland oasis that is Patagonia Lake? Have your children splashed in the pools at Slide Rock State Park near Sedona on a Summer day, or marveled at the giant ponderosa pine logs from which Riordan Mansion was built?

      Tempe painter Cindy Carrillo has visited and painted in many of the State Parks, capturing scenes in oil. During November, 2006, she exhibited more than a dozen oil paintings of scenes from across the Grand Canyon State. .
      Mrs. Carrillo was born and raised in the copper mining town of Superior and recalls family picnics exploring nearby Queen Creek Canyon and Boyce Thompson Arboretum. She was raised with a love for the Saguaro cacti, rocks, animals and birds of our Sonoran desert. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 1977, and her recent work is most often completed outdoors in the al fresco “plein air” style.

      “When I am working outside I try to get my first impression down on canvas before the snow, dust, or bugs get into the wet paint. Some I finish on the spot, others are used as starting pieces for larger works. Working from life is the tried-and-true way to get the colors, and feel of the landscape. The weather has to be really bad for me to paint in the studio, nothing compares to painting right in front of my subject,” said Carrillo.

      Mrs. Carrillo studied printmaking and oil painting with Darlene Swaim at Mesa Community College. Advanced instruction came at the Scottsdale Artists School studying with Susan Diehl, John Burton, and Gabor Svarick. While comfortable in watercolor and pastels, oil is her preferred medium. She’s a member of the Oil Painters of America and Tucson Plein Air Painters, and has exhibited her work in the Scottsdale Artist School Best and Brightest two years in a row. She has received a scholarship of merit from the Scottsdale Artist School and been invited to participate in the Nomadas Del Arte Plein Air event in Santa Fe by the Sage Gallery. Her artwork can be found at the Lundeen Inn of the Arts in Las Cruces, NM.

      Visitors had a chance to see the artist in action here Saturday, December 2, during a special "Paint-Out" celebration. Pumpkin-orange and vivid red leaves of Autumn color were just past their peak, and more than a dozen artists from Tucson, Phoenix and as far as Cottonwood, AZ gathered to capture Fall scenes on canvas.
      The artist has two grown sons and shares her home with Andy, her husband of 29 years, and Veronica her daughter. “The support I receive from my family is a blessing and shapes who I am as an artist. Painting is a struggle and a joy, so I know I will be a lifetime student of the arts,” said Carrillo.

      Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson ( take Oracle Road north to highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then east another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitors Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Summer hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

      Works on exhibit during Carrillo's show ranged in price from $300.00 to $950.00. For other details email Cindy at phone her at 480-820-8111 or visit the website

        "Members of the Tucson Plein-Air Painters are working with Mary Alice Daenzer from Arizona State Parks to arrange paint-outs at various State Parks starting this Fall and lasting all the way through 2007 -- we want painters, art collectors and the visiting public to all come and see anew the beauty of our State Parks and the importance of supporting them," said Carrillo.

        To review other recent gallery shows from...

October, 2006 CLICK HERE
September, 2006 CLICK HERE
July-August, 2006 CLICK HERE
June-July, 2006 CLICK HERE
April-May, 2006 CLICK HERE
March, 2006 CLICK HERE
February, 2006 CLICK HERE
January, 2006 CLICK HERE
December, 2005 CLICK HERE
November, 2005 CLICK HERE
October, 2005 CLICK HERE
September, 2005 CLICK HERE
July/August, 2005 CLICK HERE
June/July, 2005 CLICK HERE
May, 2005 CLICK HERE
April, 2005 CLICK HERE
March, 2005 CLICK HERE
February, 2005 CLICK HERE
January, 2005 CLICK HERE
December, 2004 CLICK HERE