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Connie spent her childhood and early adulthood in Hawaii and Japan (where she was born), and moved to California at age 30. Always a creative child, she took art classes whenever possible in high school, then majored in art at a liberal arts college, graduating with a focus on painting.

After college, needing to make a living, she dabbled in commercial art and publishing before eventually settling into a career in Silicon Valley as a technical writer.

For many years Connie's artistic bent found expression in a variety of places, but especially in theater art. Eventually, wanting to return to a more pure form of art, she returned to painting, starting with small still lifes, and moving to larger abstracts, and then to figurative work.

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Artist's statement

I paint my best when I respond to my inner impulses or desires, when I work partly intuitively and partly academically.

I do different kinds of work because they express different things that I love. With the figurative work and the faces, I love that I can convey a story or a mood. With the abstracts I love the dialogue between me and the painting, the composition decisions, the experimentation. In both, I love adding texture out of whatever is on hand. 

After the process I love the product: When I can show integrity and masterful qualities. I'm currently drawn to the organic mark, to shapes and lines that have some soul, that come from the gut.




  • Silicon Valley Open Studios - 2012 to present

  • All Mixed Up (Mixed Media) - Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, July/August 2014

  • Individual display - Sunnyvale Library, Sunnyvale, CA, Feb/March 2014

  • XXFactor - South Bay Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose CA, Jan/Feb 2014

  • Art Times Three, three-artist group show, Main Street Cafe and Books, Los Altos, CA, Sept. 2013

  • Part of public displays - Los Altos Art Club, 2012

  • Fur, Feathers, and Fins - Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, June 2011

  • Open Member Exhibition - Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, June 2011

  • RED - Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, May 2011

  • 20/20 Art Show - 20th Street Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, April/May 2010

  • SBAWCA 20th Anniversary Show - Art Object Gallery, San Jose, CA, Sept. 2019



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