BIOGRAPHY Connie O’Connor grew up on a farm in Manitoba: expansive vistas of big blue skies, infinite horizons and colourful gardens influence her art and her vision. As a high school educator, Connie’s creativity shone throughout her career; her favourite course to teach was Fashion & Design. In 2006, a serious illness, breast cancer, was diagnosed. However, cancer paradoxically opened new doors for Connie. Her recovery plan included mindful meditation and an opportunity to take her first acrylic workshop. In December 2016 she entered her first show with the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA). Connie has been in over 30 juried exhibitions with the FCA, other arts councils and local galleries. Recently, her florals and landscapes transitioned into abstracts. The influence of her fashion background is evident in her use of textures, patterns and varied colour palettes. Her intuitive style and inspiring meditative titles draw viewers in. Connie considers it an honour when someone loves her work so much it becomes part of their home.
ARTIST STATEMENT Two words in particular – ‘I feel’ – encapsulate my work. Indeed, I feel the ‘elements and principles’ of design are in my DNA. Thirty years of teaching primarily fashion and design, has inspired me to apply these concepts to 2 dimensional surfaces. I generally use canvas, but I am inspired by textures created with heavy paper and wood panel. My mixed media include acrylics, mediums, charcoals, and oil pastels.