Cynthia Neff


I have fifteen years experience as a fine artist and photographer. I enjoy working with people. Portraiture is my specialty. For my photography I use a digital or 35mm film camera. I have intermediate Photoshop skills and extensive darkroom experience. The inspiration for my paintings and sculpture is drawn from the poignant imagery in my photographs. My medium of choice is acrylic. I also work in plaster, forming female body casts from live models which I use as my canvas. I have exhibited in California, Idaho and New York galleries and have won awards for my work.


9/1990 - 6/2000

Some college coursework

Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA.

Independent study. Coordinator and artist responsible for overseeing and the execution of a large scale mural in the art department at Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA.

Grossmont College La Mesa, CA.


6/2006 to Present   Photographer Obeo 360 Degree Imaging for web realtors. Phoenix, Arizona.

1 /2006 - 3/2006  Photojournalist with Boise Weekly, Boise, Idaho.
Freelance photographer covering news stories, restaurant reviews, concerts and sporting events.

5/ 2001 to Present  Online Stock Photography Business WWW.SHOTZINEFF.COM

2000  Photographer  NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ASSOCIATION Food Bank San Diego, CA.
Hired to photograph employees of the Neighborhood House Association and print photographs for yearly association directory.

3/ 2002 - 9/2002  Illustrator for Lynnie an Inner Child, LLC Las Vegas, NV.
Hired to create a character and draw illustrations for two children/adult companion books. The recently published books, My Inner Child A Storybook for Grownups and My Inner Child A Friend Forever, have been very successful. The author ( Lynn Rosencrantz ) also used the character that I created for their line of products, stationary, calendar, greeting cards, etc. Sold in upscale department and specialty stores such as NEIMAN MARCUS

7/2000 - 6/2002  Artist Manager Curator for The Brokers Building Artist Lofts, SanDiego, CA.
Managed thirty artists in a loft environment. Organized receptions and headed marketing for the artists, including writing press releases, creating posters and flyers. Curated monthly art exhibitions in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego's Art District.

1999 - 2002  Prepared modeling portfolios for modeling clients. Included photographing the models, printing and presentation. San Diego, CA.

4/1994 - 8/2000  Adult School Art Teacher Grossmont School District, La Mesa, CA.
I taught arts and crafts for the Adult School System in La Mesa and El Cajon, CA.

2001  Events Photographer covering the launching of the Jaguar X TYPE. Hired to photograph the reception invitees and print photos, on site, to give to potential Jaguar customers. Cush Automotive Group Jaguar Aston Martin Kearney Masa, CA.

2002  Events Photographer covering the Die Another Day reception. Hired to photograph invitees and print photos, on site, as mementoes for the guests. Celebrating the unveiling of the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 used in the film. Cush Automotive Group Jaguar Aston Martin Kearney Mesa, CA.

1997 - 1999  Self-employed art instructor. I taught private art classes. San Diego,CA.

1993 - 1996  Self-employed. Owner and operator of a framing business, Decisive Moment. San Diego, CA.

1993-1996 Artist's Model  * San Diego artist Ken Goldman's model for a Walter Foster Pastel Book

Additional Information

1/1997 - 1/1999  Participated in extended art studies in France, Holland and Belgium through the San Diego Museum of Art's sponsored teaching tours of the great museums of Europe.

Artwork inclusion in Roger Taylor's book, MARILYN IN ART, commemorating Marilyn Monroe's eightieth  birthday. The art book was launched June 1, 2006 in London, England

2000  Yearly volunteer, photographer/hostess, at the San Diego Film Festival San Diego, CA. Donated artwork displayed at the reception and  to be auctioned.

Exhibitions and awards throughout my career are listed on my website.


Juried work can be viewed within the TATE MUSEUM ARCHIVES  London, England.

11/1990 - 6/1998  PHI THETA KAPPA Alpha Pi Epsilon Chapter MEMBER

1/1998 - 1/1998  LESLIE VON KOLB AWARD B&W Photography Recipient

4/2001 Opening of the International Wing of the San Diego Airport. Participant in The Brown Bag Show, a fundraising art auction and exhibition sponsored by the Neighborhood House (Food Bank) Association San Diego CA and British Airways. My piece was bid on and purchased by British Airways and hangs in their corporate offices in London, England.

References (professional)

Anna Cosenza
The Cosenza Team
Remax Renaissance Realty
9059 W. Lake Pleasant Pkwy, B200
Direct: 602-509-3196
Fax: 623-580-7788

Leila Remella  Boise Weekly Creative Art Director 
Phone (208) 344-2055 ex 3034   Email

Ken and Chris Callaway   North Park Studio,   INC Curators/owners 
Phone (619) 236-9239   Email

Joel Sharp  Sharp Studios and Gallery  Curator/owner
Phone (619) 546-9546   Email

Brian Dupont  Parts Manager   Jaguar Kearney Mesa  Phone (858) 541-1743