About the Artist


Born in 1949, Cunningham grew up in eastern Oklahoma exploring the hard wood forests and rolling hills, creating small sculptures out of local red clay and pastoral scenes from moss, twigs, and pebbles. The once a week elementary school art class was an anticipated treat. Riding horses and playing sports became her passions.


While attending the University of Oklahoma, Cunningham majored in Interior Design. Changing direction and schools, she earned her degree at Oklahoma State University with a major in Family Relations and Child Development.


Marriage, moving to Colorado, several years of working in social services, and rearing two children formed her life for the next several decades. Becoming single again, Cunningham studied various modalities of healing arts and built a successful business in Denver. 


Moving to New Mexico in early 2000 began another shift in her life. Inspired by the beauty of the desert southwest, the longing to create resurfaced. Cunningham started yet another career as an artist. While incorporating red desert sand collected while hiking into her highly textural pieces, Cunningham recognized the connection with her earthy childhood creativity. 


After a decade of solo and group exhibitions and regional success in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, Cunningham returned to Colorado, her former home for nearly 30 years. Being near the Rocky Mountains, her old friends, children and grandchildren  inspired and informed her work.

The lure of the desert southwest has drawn her back to live and paint in Las Cruces, New Mexico yet again.   Cunningham now asks herself  “What’s Next?” in the Land of Enchantment.



Awards and Selected Exhibitions

2017  Unsettled Gallery, Solo Exhibition "Marking Time Making Marks" Las Cruces, NM

2016  Tombaugh Gallery, First Place Award, "Here and There", Lss Cruces, NM

2016  Branigan Cultural Center, "Here and There", Las Cruces, NM

2015  Unsettled Gallery, "Go Ornamental", Las Cruces, NM

2015  1st Bank Center, "Art for Awhile", Solo Exhbition, Public Art, Broomfield, CO

2014 Lone Tree Art Expo, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Lone Tree, CO

2014  Greg Moon Art, "After Dark III", National Juried Exhibition, Taos, NM

2014    Square Deal Gallery and Frame, Two Woman Exhibition, Denver, CO

2013    Littleton Museum,  "Own An Original", Juried Exhibition, Littleton, CO                                                                                                                                                                

2013    Lone Tree Arts Center, National Juried Exhibition, Lone Tree, CO

2013    Christine Marguerite Designs Studio, BAA Juried Exhibition, Boulder, CO

2013    Foothills Art Center, "Mountain Miniatures", National Juried Exhibition, Golden, CO

2013    Dairy Center for the Arts, "Looking for the Light" BAA Juried Art Exhibition, Boulder, CO                                                                                                              

2012   Lone Tree Arts Center,  National Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Lone Tree, CO

2012   True Colors Gallery and Studio, “Honoring Women”, Lakewood, CO

2012   Square Deal Gallery and Frame, “Eclectic Visions” Denver, CO

2011   Lone Tree Arts Center, National Juried Exhibition, Lone Tree, CO

2011   International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine Conference, “ Soul Scapes”, Westminster, CO

2011   Unsettled Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Traces a Map of One Journey”, Las Cruces, NM

2010   Unsettled Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Primal Impressions”, Las Cruces, NM

2009   Tubac Center for the Arts, National Juried Exhibition, “Arizona Edges”, Tubac, AZ

2009   Forum Arts and Culture, “Twelve by Twelve”, El Paso, TX

2008   Dona Ana Arts Council, Rio Grande Theatre Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Balancing Act”, Las Cruces, NM

2007   Tombaugh Gallery, “ Explorations of an Eclectic Artist”, Solo Exhibition, Las Cruces, NM

2007   Alegre Gallery, Featured Artist, Mesilla, NM

2006   Las Cruces Museum of Art, Main Gallery, National Juried Exhibition, “Art of Space”, Las Cruces, NM

2006-2010   Society of Layerists in Multi Media, Group Exhibitions, Las Cruces, NM

2003-2006   Art Forms, Group Exhibitions, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, NM

2006   City of Artists Promotional Association, Regional Art Exhibition, Las Cruces, NM

2005   Las Cruces Museum of Art, Directors Gallery, “Mirrors”, Las Cruces, NM

2005   Rio Grande Art Association, Regional Juried Exhibition, “Encantada “ Sponsor Award, Albuquerque, NM

2005   Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Regional Juried Exhibition, “Fiesta of the Arts”, Second Place Oil and Acrylic Division, Las Cruces, NM

2005   Western New Mexico State University Gallery, Regional Juried Exhibition, “Go Figure”, Silver City, NM

2004   White Raven Studios and Art Gallery, Juried Exhibition, “Ugly Bug Ball”, Honorable Mention, Las Cruces, NM

2004   Las Cruces Arts Association, Group Exhibition, Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces NM


Public /Corporate Collections

United States District Court, District of New Mexico, Juried  Permanent Public Art Collection, Las Cruces, NM

Women’s Resource Center, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Corporate Collection, Las Cruces, NM



February 2016, Cover Desert Exposure, Las Cruces, NM

September 1, 2014, Cover Christian Science Monitor and article photograph featuring Judge Brack, Painting in United States District Court, District of NM, Juried Permanent Public Art Collection

2013 From Agra (Kansas) to Zanzibar, S.M. Vogel,  paintings illustrating selected poetry

January 2009
  Cover Art Journal International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine

June 2008 National Conference of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine, 
                 “Alchemy of Intention” image on all promotional materials and conference signage

October 2008 Cover Art, the Ink, Las Cruces, NM

2005 Cover Art, The Ink, Las Cruces, NM


Art Education

Primarily Self-taught