Connie Connally paints stunning canvases of complex elegance, with imagery that merges harmoniously and nearly completely both representational reference and powerful abstraction.
Time in nature is like time I spend at the easel painting. In our technology-saturated world I can slow down and savor the act of observation and revel in the restraint and quiet that practiced attention requires. I believe, like many naturalists, you go outside to turn inward.
Libby Smith’s natural habitat is outside and so she transforms her love of ocean, mountains, trees and rivers into painted expressions and interpretations.
I have lived and worked as an artist and educator in Santa Barbara since 1973. I received my BA from the College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara and earned my MFA from UC Santa Barbara as well.
I find myself to be a contrarian at times, so as a painter, the description of a “contemporary traditionalist” is fitting. It reflects my effort to use imagery that is clearly current while honoring the tradition of painting.
Making images is part of learning and reflecting on the world. I taught Drawing, Figure Drawing, 2-D Design and Printmaking for many years at Santa Barbara City College and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and enjoyed seeing students become curious about how pictures work.