1. a 46 year old adult female human being.
2. a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother & wife.
3. an artist; a person who produces works of art.
4. a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel; beauty, purity, kindliness, etc. (I couldn’t help myself)
5. a person who gives assistance; a supporter; a friend.
6. a person who is loved.
I put my whole heart and soul into every piece I make, with the intention of allowing the viewer to feel and take in the energy that went into the creation. Great art should drive and challenge the current culture, not just be a reflection of that society. It is very important to me to play a small role in that and find my own way of adding something positive to the world.
Acceptance, from Un-photo-shopped Series, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 60″
Whenever Frida Kahlo was asked why she painted so many self-portraits she would simply reply “because I am the person I know best”. So I painted this self-portrait in the hopes of getting to know myself a little better. It was important to me that the energy and the mark-making in the paint was a truthful representation of who I am. I felt both physically and emotionally connected to the canvas as I worked and I let this connection dictate the colors I used and how it was applied. The title of the piece is Acceptance, and that title was chosen before the canvas was even primed. I challenged myself to accept Connie for who she is and where she is in her life, right here, right now, flaws and all – and to paint that in a way that others would understand. I don’t really like having my picture taken….so I thought 25 square feet of my face was a perfect way for me to be confronted by me. It was a wonderful, emotional, and transforming experience, one that I will treasure.