Aspen Artist/Ski Pro – Cindy Leuchtenburg

Her ski clients know Cindy Leuchtenburg as one of the top ski pros in Aspen. Her accomplishments in the ski world are many and she has taught skiing around the world. What some may not know about Cindy is is that she is a life long student of art. Cindy studied at Wittenberg University and received her BFA in oil painting in 1999. Before receiving her degree in oil painting, she studied at Rhode Island School of Design and spent 6 months at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2009 Cindy was accepted into the biannual Roaring Fork Open in Aspen, Colorado and currently has an oil painting, “Rolling Blue,” in the 2013 Roaring Fork Open.   

In 2012, Cindy was accepted into the Vermont Studio Center’s Residency program in Johnson, Vermont. While driving east to start her residency in May of 2012, Cindy drove through many severe storms, which inspired her to paint landscapes and storm cycles during her residency. 

In her 20’s and early 30’s, Cindy traveled throughout the world teaching skiing and collecting inspiration for her painting diaries. Cindy has always had a wanderlust for travel and has lived and worked on 4 continents. Many of her works are inspired by the daily interactions of common people going about their daily tasks. The fish monger in Palermo, Sicily, the barista in Sydney, Australia, and the vegetable purveyor in southern France have all found themselves in Cindy’s paintings. 

 “I am constantly looking for something to paint. Through my travels and everyday moments in time, I am always looking for inspiration. Often it is the light that gets me to stop and look, and this is what I paint,” Cindy tells us.

Cindy excels in her ability to paint landscapes and figurative works. She works in a variety of media and subjects, but is primarily an oil painter. When working en plein air or from photographs of her world travels, Cindy searches for a dramatic light in her compositions. Her artistic inspirations come from nineteenth century impressionists and modern day painters such as April Gornik, Alex Kanevsky and Ray Roberts.

Cindy currently resides in the Roaring Fork Valley in Aspen, Colorado. With an over abundance of wildlife, big sky, and mountain valleys, Cindy is never far from inspiration when painting en plein air. Her work as a ski pro with the Aspen Ski Schools rounds out her year as she continues to teach skiing for 4 months out of the year, leaving 8 months to pursue her passion for painting.