As a prairie native who grew up in Manitoba, Connie O’Connor’s roots are expressed through big blue skies and large loose florals inspired from her family farm. Her interest in and love for the arts began early through sewing and continued at the University of Manitoba where she studied Fashion Illustration and Design. Following her retirement from an inspiring 34-year career teaching students to create and express themselves in fashion design, Connie began working to establish herself as a painter in North Vancouver. She loves bright colours and bold brush strokes. Her subjects vary from landscapes to floral to textural mixed media.
Connie is deeply influenced by the vast pure blue skies and expansive prairie vistas of her youth in Manitoba, where beautiful fields stretch seemingly forever to the horizon and large intricate gardens dominated by roses inspire happiness, freedom, and meditation, and drive her new-found passion for acrylic painting.
Bright colours and bold brush strokes anchor this artist’s work. Connie’s subjects, often influenced by her prairie roots, range from landscapes, to florals, to textural mixed media. She participated in the 2017 Art in the Garden Tour May 27 & 28.