Learn More About Cynthia P. Klebonis, CFD

Cynthia is the owner and lead floral designer of CPK Floral Designs located in Leesburg, Virginia.  Her passion for flowers started as a young girl when she would create beautiful faux floral arrangements as gifts for family and friends.  When going back to work after a hiatus to raise her family, her soul searching let her back to the elation she experiences creating something unique and beautiful with her own two hands and sharing this floral joy with others.  She feels blessed to have fulfilled her dream of attending floral design school and becoming a Certified Floral Designer by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

Cynthia’s love of working with flowers inspires her artistry at a soul level so that the blending of shapes, colors and textures of her designs speak the language of flowers with the intention of touching the heart of the recipient.  Her passion is in designing unique floral arrangements for weddings, events and special occasions.

Always seeking out educational experiences that feed her creativity and enhance skills, Cynthia also loves to share her knowledge and experience by hosting Floral Arranging Workshops as public or private events in collaboration with venue business owners.

Reach out to Cynthia at CPK Floral designs for flowers that speak your language. She always puts her heart into creating a memorable piece of floral art that can be treasured.

Art In Bloom DC 2024

March 14-17 2023 at the Larz Anderson House Museum in Washington DC

CPK Floral Designs' Artist Description

Enlightenment-era portraitist Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) Lady Cockburn and Her Three Eldest Sons explores the virtue of charity as a selfless mother who compassionately nurtures her children while gracefully paying homage to the works of the cherished old masters.

The composition of Reynolds’ Lady Cockburn is influenced by Anthony van Dyck’s famous painting, Charity (1627), which portrays a mother gazing up to the heavens in a desperate plea for strength while caring for her three children. At the same time, the pose of the left-most child is a clear nod to Cupid as depicted in Velázquez’s Toilet of Venus (1647). The archetype of the mother comforting her children can also be seen in the famous painting, Charity (1511), by the renowned master Raphael alongside the personifications of the theological virtues: charity, hope, and faith. To tie the scene together, an elegant parrot on the far right symbolizes the emergence of fresh ideas and new directions.

Through the incorporation of classical iconography, Reynolds infuses the painting with a profound allegory that envisions motherhood as the embodiment of charity in modern life. In my accompaniment to Reynolds's beautiful painting, I’ve chosen to highlight the ivory, gold and rust colors of the work with a carefully interwoven array of fresh, dried and faux flowers, tree branches, and greenery.

List of Materials

Flowers include some of the following: light pink 'Blessing' Roses, beige 'Moab' Roses, light yellow 'Toscana' Roses, light yellow 'Misty Cream' Chrysanthemum Morifolium, Rust Ranunculus.

Branches from Viburnum Tinus 'Laurustinus',  Berzelia Berries 'Strawberry', Huckleberry Bush, Cocculus

Photography by Tori Del Photography

Art In Bloom DC 2023

March 27-30 2023 at the Larz Anderson House Museum in Washington DC

CPK Floral Designs' Artist's Description

I was inspired to recreate the wooded landscape sheltering the handsome King Henri II of France (1519-1559) and his beloved royal mistress, Diane De Poitiers (1499-1566), in this tapestry woven in the atelier of Jacques Guebels and Jan Raes (ca.1575-ca.1625) and called “A Man and a Woman Sitting in an Arbor.”

Diane is depicted as the Goddess Diana whose symbols are the bow and quiver as she is the Goddess of the wilderness and the hunt. You will see the bow and quiver tucked into the greenery of the arbor I’ve created to shelter a stolen moment of love and pleasure in the privacy of a serene, wooded glen set with tree branches, lush greenery and flowers.

To highlight the light golds, blues, rusts and reds of Diane and the King’s clothes, I’ve chosen a beautiful array of fresh and faux flowers, tree branches, plants, succulents and greenery.

List of Materials

Flowers include some of the following: Combo Roses, Kaballah Roses, Girlie Follies Spray Roses, Limonium, Delphinium, Solidago, Scabiosa Stellata and Hard-Top Yarrow.

Tree branches from Maple, Birch, Cherry, and Magnolia Trees

Greenery includes Magnolia, Juniper, Salal Lemon Leaf, Plumosa and Tree Fern, Bear and Lily Grasses, Cocculus, Italian Ruscus, Eucalyptus, Variegated Ivy, Pampas Grass, Spanish Moss, Sheet Moss.

Plants include: Pink Butterfly, Marginata, Irish Moss, Ferns, Splash.

Soft and hardy succulents from numerous genera, such as Echeveria, Haworthia, Sedum, Sempervivum, Crassula, Sempervivum and Sedum.