Cynthia Fehr, who painted Utah in watercolors, dies at 85
Obituary • Her paintings were styled to resemble photography.
Published: July 14, 2014 09:08AM
Updated: July 14, 2014 09:05AM
Courtesy Photo This 1990 watercolor painting by Cynthia Fehr depicts the Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Fehr died on July 8, 2014. She was 85.

Cynthia Moore Fehr, who used watercolors to depict Utah’s towns and buildings on canvas, died Tuesday at 85.

An obituary said Fehr died of natural causes. Fehr was a fixture of Utah’s arts scenes for decades. Her watercolor paintings hung in galleries and libraries across the state in the years after she earned an arts degree and into the 2000s.

She subscribed to a style called photorealism, in which the artist paints a scene much as it would look if it were photographed. In her 1990 painting of the exterior of Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Memorial Theatre, the lines of the steps are tight, the white of the columns doesn’t run and the green of the tree leaves are the shade you’d expect to find in nature.

“I’m rather orderly and detailed,” Fehr told The Deseret News in 1989.

She was born Cynthia Moore on Sept. 2, 1928 in Albuquerque, N. M., to Daniel Chadwick Moore and Marion Fox Moore Bryan.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1951. Also that year, she married John William Fehr.

Will Fehr, as he was known, was the top editor at The Tribune from 1981 until he retired in 1991. Will Fehr died in 2010.

Cynthia Fehr is survived by a son, Michael John Fehr; and a daughter, Martha Ann Fehr; a step brother, Hugh M. Bryan; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 E. 100 South in Salt Lake City.

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