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Cynthia and her wonderful son Nathan
About Cynthia Ann McDonald
Cynthia has been an Artist all her life and was born in Dallas Texas and raised in
Oak Cliff Texas, south of Dallas, and now lives in Las Cruces New Mexico. She spent a lot of time with her grandparents
and family in the Lancaster and Waxahachie area, also south of Dallas, where the
farm, cattle, vegetable garden, and chickens in the back yard was a big part of
her life. As well as a spiritual path with the Church in the 60's where the love
of Jesus was taught, which they attended for services and other
activities at least 5 times a week.
As a teenager in the 70's all she ever knew was that she wanted to grow up and become a Successful Artist, which her Grandmother encouraged with daily projects of Arts and Crafts,
In 1977 She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City, taking a foundation Course where she toured the offices and studios of Artist and Designers in the New York City area. Life Drawing and 2-D design was also a part of the Summer program, as well as touring the Museums, and living a life near SOHO. Living in Manhatten she found Yoga, middle eastern philosophies, and became a vegetarian. In the early 80's she found the opportunity that allowed her to attend the University of Texas in Arlington, going to school full time including summers under the grant, loan and work study programs, to study Art. She loved it so much that she attended UTA for 6 years taking every Art class she could: beginners, intermediate, and advanced, in her areas of interest until they finally told her, 'you must finish college... your allotment of monies is running out'. The last year in college is when she began to study Silver Smiting, and also met Bryon Haney who introduced her to the Renaissance Festivals. They fell in Love, later had a wonderful child named Nathaniel, and they began building the business 'Starlit Skies'.
Cynthia continued to expand and work on the business while her husband went back to college. Within 7 years the relationship dissolved into a friendship and have co-raised their son who turned 18 in 2008. Nathaniel Vincent Haney graduated from Covington High, and attended some community College courses in Hill county after taking a year off from school. In 2011 he studied with Airstreams Inc. in Tahachapie CA to become a windmill Turbine Technician. He plans on taking more environmental classes at the community College in Las Cruces NM, where his girlfriend STAR attends, as well as many of his friends. It looks like he may be more excited about College now than he was right out of High School, as many are. His path in College will be Earth and Environmental Sciences, as well as renewable energy. His dad has a back ground in Computer Science, and Environmental Science.
Beyond Cynthia's son, and her successful business, which she has owned since 1988, her focus in life has been her spiritual path. Born a southern Baptist via her Grandparents, with a curiosity in all religions, the Eastern philosophies began to peak her interests the most at an early age. At 17 while attending Art School in New York City, she was introduced to, and began her Yoga studies of postures/ Assanas and Yogic Philosophies via Swami Satchidananda. It was here in NYC she became a vegetarian and began being more mindful of the body, mind, and breath in a health conscious way; that all things are linked to the omnipotent energies of God and that we are all one, connected, linked. And most of all that God is Love, and LOVE is the divine link to everything. "Let us Love and come together more... not judge , criticize, and segregate".
As the Beatles Say, ALL WE NEED IS LOVE!!!!!
LOVE IS ALL...LOVE IS YOU!!!!
Eric Schiffman and Cynthia
Doug Swenson on top, Cynthia on
Following this path she began to Study Yoga, and became a certified Yopga teacher. Cynthia has taught Yoga to the community of Artist, Entertainers, and the workers at Ren Faires for 7 years now on an outdoor stage during the week when the festival is closed to the
public. She has studied with Rev. Frank Jude Boccio, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, with a teachers training with Doug Swensen, Ashtanga Teachers Training with Jonny Kest, Thai yoga therapy with Saul David Raye, and a week of Training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Her future plans include a Yoga training course for the Special child to include autisim with Sonia Sumar, and Teachers Training at the Integral Yoga Institute Ashram at Yogaville, VA. founded by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Following this path she began to Study Yoga, and became a certified teacher. Cynthia has taught Yoga to the community of Artist, Entertainers, and the workers at Ren Faires for 7 years now on an outdoor stage during the week when the festival is closed to the public. She has studied with Rev. Frank Jude Boccio, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, with a teachers training with Doug Swensen, Ashtanga Teachers Training with Jonny Kest, Thai yoga therapy with Saul David Raye, and a week of Training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Her future plans include a Yoga training course for the Special child to include autisim with Sonia Sumar, and Teachers Training at the Integral Yoga Institute Ashram at Yogaville, VA. founded by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda.
In 2004 a home was bought out in the TX. country so that Nathan could be with Mom, or Dad, and still attend the same school. Now Nathan will be 22 in Jan 2012 and has fallen in Love with a lady in Las Cruces New Mexico, a town Cynthia fell in Love with 30 years ago. So they both now live in Las Cruces New Mexico, and life is going well!!!
A transition was coming for Cynthia...as an Artist she will always create. She is interested in Drawing and Painting more, completing some of her Art projects which include the Numerology deck, several Art books: how to wire wrap Jewelry, Happy Painted Faces, and Celtic Art work. Mostly allowing her art work and spirit to open and blossom. Now with Painting everything from, faces, boxes, and now T-Shirts and bags a whole new world has opened up with painting which she wants to do more of. The Newest Projects are HENNA on WOOD.
At present time she has rearranged her schedule and life so that she can spend 6 months on Jewelry and 6 months drawing, with a focus on Henna. She works 15 hours a day on her jewelry creations, stopping long enough to teach Yoga, or pay attention to her own practice of Yoga and meditation. When not at a Renaissance Festival with Jewelry she is at home Painting Henna at Festivals around the Las Cruces area, to include some Comicons in NM, and AZ.
Cynthia's Attitude is one of Gratitude. She feels Joy and Beauty in everything, feeling the magic of daily paradise, 'Consciousness and Bliss', right here and right now...'Be Here Now', being present for each moments excitement. She takes the tough stuff as learning lessons and challenges. She is compassionate, a server, and a giver. One who is there for others.... so if you have any ideas on any of the things in her website feel free to contact her via e-mail or telephone... She is there for you with an open mind and an open heart.
We hope you continue to enjoy and benefit from her loving kindness, and generous artistic spirit.
Bright Blessings ...always.