Connie’s Artistic Statement

​"Sometimes the beauty at hand shouts to us for recognition, more often it is subtle, waiting to be recognized.  Other times, it is we who must create the beauty from within ourselves, enlivening a white sheet of paper, by following the colors, tone, and design of the media as the creation leads us to its completion.  

I am a vessel, distilling the composition through my personality, and pouring it out on a surface for other people to reflect upon." 

​Memberships & Recognition

Constantly seeking new subjects, techniques, and classes with fellow artists who I admire, has led to my acceptance into numerous galleries and art displays.  Which have included: solo shows, awards and signature membership into the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, The Hardy Gallery, the Janesville Art League and PEO.  

I have exhibited at many national art venues.  They include ART EXPO in NYC; American Artists Professional League at the SALMAGUNDY CLUB, Fifth Ave, NYC; The Great Fair at Fountain Hills in AZ; Ann Arbor Art Fair, MI; National Watercolor Society Acceptance in Brea, CA; US ART MAGAZINE featured artist; along with continued acceptance into the Hardy Gallery Invitational Exhibit in Ephraim, WI; and other exhibits at the Miller Gallery in Sturgeon Bay, WI.  


"Sunlit" received an award at The Janesville Art League Exhibit in the Janesville Performing Art Center.
The Marling Design Center in Janesville featured my work as a result of being chosen as the lead artist for the Janesville Rotary Botanical Garden 2014 Fund Raiser. I painted a scene from the garden on a classic Adirondack Chair. The subject was the Pergola in the Rose Garden decorated for a summer wedding.
In April of 2019, nine of my paintings were on display in the United States Embassy in Prague, of The Czech Republic through the ART IN THE EMBASSIES NATIONAL PROGRAM.
AWARDS

        DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD from Janesville, WI Craig High School

  CONCERNED CITIZEN’S AWARD FOR THE ARTS by The WISCONSIN ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION 1985  

  DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD from THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, WHITEWATER, WI-1999

  THE WHELILAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COLOR – M

  WISCONSIN COLLECTION ARTIST AWARD 1998, Channel 10/36, Milwaukee, WI

  UNITED ARTISTS HALL OF FAME AWARD, Janesville, WI – 2006

  WISCONSIN ARTIST COLLECTION AWARD 2012, Channel 10/36, Milwaukee, WI


CONNIE’S CREDENTIALS

  BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, and MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, WI

  Taught Kindergarten in Janesville Public Schools from 1964 through 1971

  ART CLASSES with : Wayne Gunness, Karen Thorsen Collins, Ellen Malsch, Charles Peterson, James Range, Bridget Austin, Phil Austin, Win Jones ,Doris White, Andrew Balkin, Max Taylor, Irving Shapiro at Scottsdale Artists’ School; and Tom Nchreiner


  I’d like to share with you the following thoughts that came to me in the middle of the night. I got up and wrote them down. I call it, "Creating From Within” or my: 


  "Spirit Speech"

Sometimes we artists feel like Rumpelstiltskin, who had the magical powers to spin gold from straw. There is this kind of magic within us, having many facets, which, combined, enable us to create a new kind of beauty. 

First, there is a deep feeling for a specific subject. It may be a love of nature, an awareness of catching something special at just the right time, in just the right light, or even the spontaneous blending of color and form, which leads us to continue creating until the subject feels complete.

With this as motivation, a second facet is the courage to try to portray this insight. We must leap over our doubts and fear of failure. Confidence and a faith in Someone stronger than ourselves can be vital at this point.

A third factor is experience, an open mind, and the willingness to try new subjects and techniques, which lead us to growth and continued success. Marvelous creations do happen early on in our work, but greater insight is gained through familiarity with the elements of our media.

Continuous evaluation of our work as it progresses is our quality control. The awareness of when to stop working is a final facet of creation.

At this point, having come through each stage of creation, always searching for a better technique, greater insight, a more meaningful statement - we are surprised and humbled by our own creations - as if some special magic flowed through our minds and fingertips, enabling us to arrive at creation greater than the sum of its parts.

CLASSES

Over the years, I taught classes locally in Janesville at L’Atelier; in Door County, at The Crossroads at Big Creek and The Clearing. Various Art Guilds and Leagues have brought me in to teach throughout the midwest, AZ and in HI for many years. I’m always happy to share my knowledge and experiences with new friends. Participants continue to share their successes with me and other fellow artists. 

Artistic Family 

With the help and support of Mike, my husband and our two children Michelle and Matthew, our family has been able to pursue artistic journeys in different ways.  

Mike and I primarily manage the Door County Gallery and produce new pieces, while Michelle and Matt are using their artistic talents to help people see the beauty and the potential inside themselves.