Connie received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in 2005 and a BA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1996. She also attended two study abroad programs, in Italy and in England, and has since traveled to Mexico, Ireland, Japan and Chile.
Since receiving her MFA, her work has been included in both juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and has won prizes in national printmaking competitions. Her prints are featured in many permanent collections such as the Racine Art Museum, Derby Fine Arts, Ltd., the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, and the National Small Print Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She participated in a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center, served as an elected officer for the Mid-America Print Council for four years and was a resident exhibiting artist in the 2010-2011 Chicago Artist Coalition Gallery. Most recently, Connie was commissioned to create two small installations for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, Missouri, a small installation for Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois and a kinetic wall sculpture for a private collector in Chicago, Illinois.
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.