Connie O’Connor is an abstract artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her abstract art can be described as ‘vibrant, energetic and peaceful’. Scroll down to learn about artist Connie O’Connor and see more of her bold intuitive abstract art.
Vancouver Abstract Artist Connie O’Connor
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
Feelings, meditation, nature and the beautiful grain farm where I grew up.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
To bring joy and peace to my viewers.
Why abstract art and not other styles?
Originally my adult creative expressions were through fashion, so I find the process of abstract art very freeing. I simplified my process by focusing on acrylic paint on flat substrates. I have always admired abstract artists in fact since my university days; I originally started with big blue sky landscapes and loose florals. I did not plan the progression to abstraction it just happened organically.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
The freedom to create and to focus on what happens in the moment. To express my emotions with my unique brushstrokes and enjoy the process.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
Only recently did I start to share my story about breast cancer in 2006. Once I finished my treatment regime and I started to regain my energy, I randomly enrolled in a weekend acrylic painting workshop. I needed to find a positive outlet and experience. While I taught the elements and principles of design and fashion illustration for years, I had never used acrylic paint or painted on canvas. I had no idea what I was doing! The first painting I created in that workshop was a success. I loved it so much I had it professionally framed and it still hangs in my home.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
I had no plans to be an artist. My parents always encouraged me to be creative. Since the age I could first hold a crayon I have been expressive and that progressed to scissors with paper and fabric with sewing machines to design clothing. I taught high school for 34 years. My absolute favourite course was “Fashion Industry” which I developed for my school district. After my cancer treatments and the first taste of acrylic painting, I continued with weekend painting when I had the opportunity. Fortunately I was able to return to full time work, so it was not until retirement I had the time and energy to develop a practise and business.
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
Be original. Be you. Do not spend too much time scrolling, rather get out there and look at art, architecture, and fashion in person. Travel, visit museums and be in nature. And PAINT!
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
Georgia O’Keefe – “Art and Letters”
Bobbie Burgers – “Force of Nature”
David Mankin – “Remembering in Paint”
While this is not a podcast, visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum and seeing Helen Frankenthaler’s works was very impactful.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
The honour of having my paintings in collectors homes. The thrill and challenge of submitting to juried shows and being accepted.
What do you love most about abstract art?
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