“Honestly, I make my paintings because they allow me to continue to explore a style that interests me. Western themes are interesting to me because they have a bit of mystery to them.”
Cyrus was born in Vermont. He studied under his uncle who was an Art Director at a respectable advertising firm in Boston. Through close observation of his Uncle’s work, Cyrus learned firsthand how images can be used to speak without uttering a word. It was also through the study of advertising that Cyrus learned about the interesting way commercial illustrators stylize their work.
He studied graphic design and marketing at MT State University where he learned about the principals of design. While in school, Cyrus opened a small design company where he had the privilege of working with brands from all around the US. He has always made a point to incorporate as many analog tools as appropriate while completing jobs in the field of advertising. By studying the work from designers dating back to the 1930’s, Cyrus carved out his own style of illustration and design. His enthusiasm for design is apparent in his fine art.
The shift from design to fine art was a natural one. Many of the principals of design and fine art are the same. It is just the medium that changes. Cyrus currently lives in Montana, and that is probably the reason why he has been focusing on western painting. The western genre is very interesting because it parallels the overall history of art, but it has its own time line determined by location. The study of western art is rewarding because of it’s unique ties to early American history.