Cynthia Rigden is a third-generation artist inspired by her grandmother Ada Eldred Rigden, an early Prescott watercolorist, and her artist mother Margaret Hays Rigden. Cynthia attended Arizona State University majoring in art and agriculture, but she says the family matriarchs were her strongest influences. They paved the way for her to combine the life of ranching with the life of an artist. Having grown up on an 8,000-acre ranch, Rigden has always sculpted what she knows—the horses and cattle that have surrounded her throughout her life. Yet, she doesn’t consider herself a “Western” artist. Rather, she says, she is an artist who comes from the West.