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 has attended two study abroad programs, in Italy and in England, and has since traveled to Mexico and Ireland.
Since receiving her MFA, she has taught courses in Drawing, Computer Art, and Printmaking at Bloomsburg University, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Ohio University, Anchor Graphics/Columbia College, North Park University and Carthage College. 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 and serves as an elected officer for the Mid-America Print Council. Most recently, Connie was commissioned to create two small installations for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, Missouri.
My art is a reflection of my excitement for exploring new places. I crave to escape the normal, monotonous patterns that everyday life becomes. Rituals such as showering, eating, going to work, going home and sleeping become automatic in life. I enjoy the flashy stimulation that cities have to offer, yet crave the peacefulness that I find in nature.
In my travels and in my time outdoors, I am inspired by the rich colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed in the everyday rituals of our society. The resulting art becomes an emotional response to getting lost in the intricacies and layers that nature presents to me. 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 blossoms. The time that I spent sitting under those trees made me realize that the true experience that 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 nature that I feel. Most recently I have been making mixed-media installations that are pieces on their own, yet they become the inspiration for my two-dimensional works. 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 hidden intricacies inherent in our environment.