Connie McCoy

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Connie McCoy is inspired by nature and the dramatic effects that lighting creates, like the sun filtering through a canopy of trees on a summer day, or the sun light shimmering off the waves of the ocean, or the long shadows of a fall day. That drama stirs her to paint more than the scene or the environment itself. “Lighting is my trigger”, she commented. Connie studied color physics in college, but still finds the phenomenon a wonderful mystery. The part that is fascinating more than the colors are the values of the colors that the lighting causes. She paints representational with a bent towards abstraction. Her style is a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. She has borrowed from the Impressionists the idea of introducing different colors of the same value in areas. Her palette knife brings out her boldness and adds excitement.


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about the artist

Connie McCoy is inspired by nature and the dramatic effects that lighting creates, like the sun filtering through a canopy of trees on a summer day, or the sun light shimmering off the waves of the ocean, or the long shadows of a fall day. That drama stirs her to paint more than the scene or the environment itself. “Lighting is my trigger”, she commented. Connie studied color physics in college, but still finds the phenomenon a wonderful mystery. The part that is fascinating more than the colors are the values of the colors that the lighting causes. She paints representational with a bent towards abstraction. Her style is a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. She has borrowed from the Impressionists the idea of introducing different colors of the same value in areas. Her palette knife brings out her boldness and adds excitement.

Photographing extensively while traveling, she then edits and composes in her studio back home. Her interests are not the tourist sites, but ordinary events with actual people doing their daily chores like selling at the market place, or a domed cathedral in the background of a cafe scene with the sun shining on it dramatically. She says she relives her travels through her paintings and gives the experience another life. “It’s like visiting that place all over again, and I get to bring the viewer along.”

She graduated with a B.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art and became an art director and graphic designer in Cincinnati and then San Diego. In 1985 she started her own design business. Numerous awards have been granted her in her profession including: “100 Best”, “The Best in the West”, “Illustration West”, The Creative Show of San Diego, The San Diego Union Tribune Awards, The San Diego Ad Club President’s Award and St. Regis National Packaging award. She has done package design for Costco Wholesale since 1988 when they started their Kirkland Signature generic line.

The creative process has always been part of her. After a successful career in advertising and graphic design, she dedicated more time to her passion for painting. She started painting in oils with Sebastian Capella and Jeff Watts. Artist Workshops she has enjoyed include: Dan Gerhardtz, Laura Robb, Carolyn Anderson, Ken Auster, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Ray Roberts, and Susan Sarback.

After detached retinas in both eyes and 10 surgeries to restore her sight, she started sculpting in clay, because she feared she might not be able to see to paint, but sculpting could be achieved by feel and touch. She was blessed with restored eyesight, but still finds sculpture challenging and exhilarating and feels it definitely complements painting. The hills and valleys of the sculpture relate to the warm and cool colors on the canvas. She enjoys her journey in art because she says you continue to grow.


exhibitions

  • Featured Shows
  • 2013, L Street Gallery, Omni Hotel, San Diego, Two-woman show
  • 2012, “Artists in the Midst Show”, One of 15 regional artists featured at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • 2009, Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, “Que Sera Show”, Featured Artist
  • 2008, Rancho Santa Fe Coldwell-Banker, One-Woman Show,
  • 2008, Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital, Featured in Two-Man Show
  • 2007, Rancho Santa Fe Library, One-Woman Show,
  • 2007, Wells Fargo Bank (RSF), Private Banking Offices, One -Woman Show
  • 2007, Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Offices (RSF), One-Woman Show
  • 2005, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, One-Woman Show
  • 2005, La Vida Del Mar Art Gallery, One-Woman Show
  • 2004, Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, Featured in Two-Man Show
  • Juried Group Shows
  • 2012, Encinitas Library, Watts Atelier Group Show
  • 2010, San Diego Cancer Center, Lillian Rice Architecture Exhibition
  • 2010, Alexander Salazar Gallery, “Easel” Art Exhibit for San Diego Art Fair
  • 2008, ARTERO, A fine art auction fund raiser, Rancho Santa Fe Inn
  • 2006, Rancho Santa Fe Wells Fargo Bank, Group show
  • 2005, Rancho Santa Fe Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Offices, Group show
  • 2003, Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital, Healing Arts Program Group Exhibition,
  • 2003, Rancho Santa Fe Inn, Group Show
  • 1971, Dayton Art Museum Biennial, Dayton, OH
  • 1971, Women in Art Show, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1971, Cincinnati Commission Urban Banners, Cincinnati, OH, six banner designs

notable events & publications

  •  Awards and Publications
  • Award, Cambridge Who’s Who 2011 Professional of the Year representing the Arts Industry
  • Publication, The San Diego Tribune
  • Publication, Rancho Santa Fe Review
  • Publication, Seymour Tribune (Indiana)

Notable events
Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, One Man Show, September, 2005
This was a very special event for me. Dr. Allen Olson, Director of the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts invited me to have a one-woman show. I shipped 36 paintings from California to Indiana and had the show pre-hung on paper because he had sent me measurements of each wall in the exhibition spaces. It was particularly thrilling since I was born and raised nearby in Seymour, Indiana.
I named the show, “The Homecoming”. I also lived in Cincinnati for 16 years and had many friends drive over for the show. There is nothing as satisfying as going home and having your old friends say how much they appreciate what you’ve accomplished. John Cougar Mellencamp (the rock/county singer) is from my hometown of Seymour. He bought the building that SICA is housed in and gave it to the community as an Art Center. The second floor is the Mellencamp gallery and is full of his art. He is a very bold painter.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Two-man show, 2006
This meant a lot to me because Gerritt Greve, whom I admire very much, invited me to do a one-man show for the Healing Arts Program. It was to be all new art, so I worked diligently on painting new and large pieces. Unfortunately, my retina detached and I had to have several surgeries. So that I wasn’t so stressed, we decided to make it a two-man show and share it with Rod Lingren, who is a plein aire painter and good friend. This occasion was particularly exciting because the Healing Arts Program puts art in the hospital for the patients to view and hopefully gives them healing energy. While the environment allows for a beautiful venue to display art, you feel that you are doing something good for others.

an artist’s journey

by Heather R. Friedman, from The Artist Showcase, Spring 2013

“There is constantly a new door to open in the world of art and I find the journey thrilling.”
— Connie McCoy

I got to know Connie McCoy during our lunch meeting shortly after the opening of her most recent exhibit, at the L. Street Gallery, owned by the Omni Hotel in San Diego. The show was named Changing Currents, a most appropriate reference to the on-going evolution of her art and her creative development.

We talked about her personal life in art, moving like the ocean currents, often flowing in one direction and then being pulled in another. Sometimes the pull is smooth and gentle and sometimes intense and powerful.

Connie was born in the town of Seymour, Indiana, where at a very young age, she exhibited artistic talent. Her mother, however, cautioned the budding artist, telling her that she needed a career, not a hobby. Connie, trusting her mother’s advice, received a B.Sc. degree from Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture and Planning. For seventeen years she made her living working with major advertising and design companies, and started her own graphic design business in 1985. Although she won numerous industry awards for her design achievements, Connie had never abandoned her dream of becoming the artist she believed she was born to be. She continued to take workshops and art classes with notable teachers, leading her toward her destiny.

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