Engineer and Scientist, Cindy Marrazzo says, “Art never fails to bring me happiness, whether in the form of painting or dancing, art renews my passion.”
Most of Marrazzo’s childhood and high school years revolved around art. As a teen, Marrazzo received multiple awards for her artwork. Cindy 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 when she graduated high school, 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. She graduated with honors with a degree in Fire Protection Engineering in 1980. She worked for organizations such as NASA and JANNAF, did explosives research, fire investigations, worked on programs for the stealth bomber and the shuttle, did post graduate coursework in Biomechanical and Civil Engineering. After thirty six (36) years of working as an engineer; raising children and Irish Wolfhounds, art was still calling her. After losing her engineering job in a down economy, Cindy took a friend’s suggestion and picked up her paint brushes to rekindle her true love. Finally content, she is delighted to have a second chance to fulfill her dreams.
Marrazzo’s background as a US Marine and as an engineer has influenced the Marrazzo Style. Cindy says, “I apply my science and math education to my art.” She often uses math in her designs to deliver realistic accurate details to every scene, while her use of darks and lights provide amazing light to her paintings. In those details, her paintings represent the character and heart of the builder, whether the builder is Mother Nature or a gifted craftsman. Her style makes the viewer feel like they are there with her, actually walking up the steps, admiring the architecture and craftsmanship, touching the flowers and enjoying the moment.
Marrazzo has finally accomplished one of her major goals. She has combined her artistic ability, engineering training and Marine Corps discipline and patience to complete a signature piece. “Chicago at Dusk from the Adler” an original oil painting of 48” x 24” required a lifetime of experience to accomplish and many hours. It is the first of the series that discovers Chicago at Dusk and Dawn in Marrazzo’s style of realism.
Marrazzo artwork can be found throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and is currently displayed at:
Marrazzo Art Studios Gallery, Fox River Grove, IL (Since 2015)
In memory of Charlie and Jeanie Novacs & special thanks to Barbara Ward – at the Carriage Trade Art Gallery of Long Grove, IL (Aug 2010 to May 2015 – Closed)