Connie is from Kenosha, Wisconsin and holds a BA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University. In addition, she attended two month-long study abroad programs in Italy and England. Since receiving her MFA, she taught both college and community courses in Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio and currently works as the Department of Art & Architecture Lab Manager at Harold Washington College in Chicago.
Connie’s work has been included in both juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and has won awards in printmaking competitions. Her works are featured in many permanent collections such as the Racine Art Museum, Janet Turner Print Museum and the Ekaterinburg Museum of Art. Her work has also been commissioned for private collectors as well as for a few Northwestern Medicine facilities and the Freeman Health System.
In my time outdoors, I am inspired by the subtleties, colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed. The resulting art becomes a response to getting lost in the complexity that nature presents. Organic shapes and tonal structures transform these realities into obscured identities through abstraction and enlargement in my work.
My current body of work is an extension of the tranquility that I found spending time under blooming cherry blossom trees. The time that I spent sitting under those trees made me realize that the true experience I want my viewers to obtain when encountering my work is one of peace. Subtleties in shape and color with a feeling of immersion in my works promote a similar response to the one I feel in nature. Most recently, I have been making mixed-media installations that are pieces on their own, yet they become the inspiration for my two-dimensional work. This process simulates my experience to nature in that subtle differences in light, time of day, and vantage point of the installations are used as source material for my drawings, prints, and paintings. As a result, the subject of all of my work shares the intricacies inherent in our environment.