Cynthia Harden was born in London in 1944. Attended Harrow School of Art from 1960 - 1965 where she studied Pottery and Terra Cotta Sculpture, gaining a National Diploma in Design ( N.D.D.).

Having moved to the south coast of England, during the early years of her two children she made sculptural pottery and terra cotta sculptures, selling through local dealers.

A few years later she joined forces with an experienced mould-maker and made commercial pieces , selling at various markets on the south coast and taking commissions for more sculptural work.

Having the financial need to earn more she started working with her husband restoring antique furniture and dealing in Oriental works of art.
During this period which lasted for 26 years, she started to paint, and after several years found a 'voice' and a personal style.
It was after moving to France that her work began to change and grow into one that echoed the landscape of stone and the characteristics of a different people.

The work always painted with a pallette knife until recenly, is concerned with the frailty of flesh and the power of the elements, mostly water and stone (the earth).

She is now having to master a technique using brushes which is progressing.