The rich artistic culture that is prevalent in Bucks County, PA and in nearby Delaware River towns in New Jersey, has inspired Cindy Ruenes to paint the beauty that surrounds her. She had always been in awe of artistic ability, but only began studying as an artist in 2000. Over the years, she has studied with several local teachers. In between classes, she paints with a group called, “The Painters’ Collective”, artists who are friends and supportive colleagues. She has painted while traveling to Monhegan Island, Maine, the Poconos and as far away as Florence, Italy and Dakar, Senegal. She creates landscape and still life paintings. Although trained as a nurse, (she works as a Health Educator, Vaccine Nurse and Screener for Corporate Health Companies) she is also heavily involved in the regional artistic scene. She helped develop and manage Neighborhood Notes, an arts outreach program affiliated with the Community Conservatory in Doylestown, PA. The program connects teen volunteer artists, musicians, actors and teaching artists with children living in impoverished communities to help bring the arts to these children. Additionally, she performs locally, singing and playing acoustic guitar and classical guitar.