About The Artist

CJ and DaniCynthia Juday is a retired holistic veterinarian, artist and grief recovery workshop facilitator. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She began studying holistic medicine in the mid-1990s and established her own Integrative Medical Center for Animals in Sarasota, Fl. in 2000. She received her certification in Grief Recovery from the Grief Recovery Institute in 2007 and her certification in the Arts and Healing Program at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008.


While Cynthia was studying Arts and Healing, she began sketching black and white portraits of some animal photos that interested her. This led to requests from her clients and acquaintances for commissioned portraits of their animals. In her first year of sketching, she presented a sold-out exhibition of her pet portraits. Since then she has continued the portraits in black and white and pastels.


Cynthia named the original exhibition the Soul*Light collection based on her experiences in creating the artwork. She begins each piece with a meditation and connection with the animal’s own energetic presence, asking for assistance to express that energy with the art materials chosen for the project. It is this connection with each animal that she credits with the success of her portraits and she is grateful to each of them for sharing the “light of the soul” with her through the artwork. 

Cynthia sold her clinic and retired to a small community in Oregon.  Then, in 2012, she returned to Sarasota where she is continuing her holistic practice doing limited home visits, working with animal rescue and continuing her art work.