Connie Connally paints beautiful canvases of complex elegance, with imagery merging harmoniously and nearly completely both representational reference and powerful abstraction. Connally’s poetic colorscapes, with their expressive brushwork, sweeping gestural marks, and animated cadence, reflect the artist’s passion for distilling the essence of her observations of nature and situate her work as the vital interplay between memory and imagination. Her palette of organic color and calligraphic brushstroke combine to serve as imprint of the artist’s profound love of being in nature and the desire that her painting reflect both her exterior and interior experience of it.
Citing Joan Mitchell as an important influence on her work, Connally employs exuberant, impassioned colors laid on her canvasses in a pictorial strategy that teeters between the action painting of her abstract expressionist forebears and a more refined personal style that modulates the strokes and dabs that comprise her surfaces. Her layers of brushstroke read less as agitated ruptures and more like intuitive, sensual experiences rendered as prismatic atmospheres of color and tone. Rich, multi-layered surfaces of sun-drenched color morph, coalesce and scatter in quietly energetic rhythms that evoke the experience of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
Connally continues to find bountiful inspiration in the natural coastlines and verdure of California and the Santa Barbara Mountains that surround her home. She was educated at Oklahoma University and Wichita State University, later earning her MFA at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and is included in public and private collections.