Connie Millholland

My love of art began in elementary school when I became fascinated with design. I studied art in college at San Francisco State and achieved further education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. In addition, I also studied from individual artists and was most appreciative of my figure drawing instructor. I identified with his philosophy and process. He led me into creating semi-abstract figure drawings and abstract paintings. I am still evolving, and as I proceed, I become more confident in the work I present. I can entertain myself now by putting marks on a canvass and see what comes up!

Artist Statement

“The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” Gordon Parks. Pursuing our dreams often requires us to leave our established comfort zones and to push into areas where we may feel that we have less control. When we are willing to grow, to push our talents to the outer limits we begin a path to success. Success requires pushing beyond what is known, taking risks and learning to view failure as merely a step, rather than a defeat. The path to abstraction has required a process of letting go and pushing beyond the representational form. It has required letting go of the fear of wasting paint, of destroying a canvas and of viewers not liking my art. It has been taking a risk to be able to work without having a plan or a vision of the outcome. It has also been appreciating my mistakes and knowing that all of them needed to happen for me to be where I am now.

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