The next RMMWA monthly meeting will be held February 10, 2022 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (290 Speer Blvd. in Denver) and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us in-person or via Zoom for a presentation by forensic artist Cynthia Marsh.
The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MT) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:00 for the start of the program. See the full agenda below.
To register to attend in person, please use the link below.
Zoom attendance is free and there is no need to register. Members will receive the meeting link via email. Non-members, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
The menu for the meeting at CADA is:
- Fish Tacos Bar. Cornmeal tossed tilapia, pan fried, accompanied with cilantro-lime rice or spanish rice, taco shells, flour tortillas, shredded cheese, cajun slaw and pineapple salsa
add diced tomatoes/onion/black olive.
- Mexican Vegetable Salad. Corn, zucchini, jalapeno, bell pepper, scallion, avocado, salsa, tortilla strips atop a bed of orzo pasta with cilantro lemon vinaigrette.
- Beverages: Tea, coffee, and water are provided. Wine and beer are available for a suggested cash donation of $3.00 per drink.
- 6:15 Networking and drinks
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:00 Introductions and Member News
- 7:30 Mystery Minute
- 7:40 Program
The Case for Forensic Art
by Cynthia Marsh
“There is no landscape that we know as well as the human face. Twenty-five odd square inches containing the features is the most intimately scrutinized piece of territory in existence, examined constantly, and carefully, with far more than an intellectual interest. Every detail of nose, eyes, and mouth, every regularity in proportion, every variation from one individual to the next, are matters about which we are all authorities.”
– Gary Faigin, Facial Expression, Watson & Guptil Publications, New York, 1990
“It is the responsibility of the investigating officer to pursue every investigative lead. Where one or more witness or victims are available to provide descriptions of an unidentified subject, a forensic/composite artist should be able to advise the investigating officer of the forensic art applications that would best contribute to the case..”
-Standards and Guidelines for Forensic Art and Facial Identification, International Association for Identification
So what exactly is a Forensic Artist?
A forensic artist is a person who assists law enforcement by combining artistic skills with scientific information to aid in criminal investigations and case prosecutions.
Certified by the International Association of Identification and the composite sketch artist for Denver Police Department and other Departments throughout the Front Range, Cynthia Marsh will explain the four categories of Forensic Art and share some behind the scene insight into the work of a forensic artist.
A lifelong artist, muralist and educator (originally from NY), Cynthia Marsh has lived in Colorado since 2010. Since becoming a Forensic Artist in 2012 Cynthia and has worked on cases for over a dozen law enforcement agencies, and is certified by the International Association for Identification. She has been a presenter at the Denver Museum of Art, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Denver Botanic Gardens, CU Boulder, and at many forensic conferences, schools and law enforcement agencies. Her skills as a forensic sketch artist have also been applied in documenting the memories of contactees and near death experiencers.
Cynthia’s current work began years ago when symbols and sacred geometries were shown to her in dreams. These are now the main focus of her art. This evolving body of work represents Cynthia’s best effort at stepping out of the way, and allowing the dreams to come through without judgment, much like the role she plays as a forensic artist who documents the memories of others.