About

Nature, light and color were hindered by cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa from the beginning of my painting career, making my paintings dark and moody. After having the cataracts removed, the colors and brightness of nature and life around me became my guide and inspiration to move forward.   Even though the RP still keeps my peripheral vision limited, it does not limit my vision centrally. The thrill of seeing colors, lights, and atmospheric presence (shadows and light) inspired me to push the boundaries of acrylic painting to another level.

My brother, who was an artist and creator of stained glass windows, inspired a new journey in my current body of work. His windows were full of hope and light. Unfortunately his severe loss of vision and struggle with AIDS led to suicide. I have made it my journey to pursue and create a body of work in memory of his beautiful windows, and to celebrate my gift of renewed vision. My latest body of work is in reaction to experimenting with acrylic ink, using a tape process, expressive painting, and images inspired by memories of stained glass windows created by my brother and other artists. 

Painting, for me, is about the exploration of lines, colors, and compositions to create an image that moves the viewer and takes them on a journey.  Applying the acrylic ink in quick drawings, onto either blank canvas or over the top of expressively painted surfaces, helps me to create yet another artistic journey. This allows me to reach into the canvas and the markings to draw out the images that were created by the spontaneity of the lines and/or strokes of colors and shapes created by the ink and/or the paint under the ink. Applying paints in varying consistencies and/or wiping it away, also creates the illusion of stained glass. The movements and special effects created by these methods are what compel me to further the study of different techniques, such as the tape process. Applying painter’s tape randomly onto the painted surface and removing later, creates yet another style or spontaneous results. Some can be further changed by outlining the lines with acrylic markers.  The fragmentation and distortions from this process reminds me of the different views of nature, in trees, distance, night time and things that people take for granted.  I have found these restrictions in my vision have pushed me to explore even the smallest details up close. Using my phone or tablet to make the painted image smaller, allows me to examine and accentuate each and every part of the canvas. I like to refer to this as the keyhole effect. The phone or tablet surface enables me to further explore and maximize the overall flow of the painted surface. 

My journey of exploring different styles and techniques has given me an avenue to bring the art from under and above for the viewer to see in another altered perspective.

Connie Avery

315-335-3722
averyfinearts1@gmail.com


 

Show History & Awards

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017   Kirkland Library,  Clinton, NY
  • 2017   Abstract Expressions,  Anatomy in Motion/Wellness Center, Clinton NY
  • 2017   Black River Systems Gallery Utica, NY
  • 2016   Empire State College, Syracuse, NY
  • 2016   Anatomy in Motion/Wellness Center, Clinton, NY
  • 2015   Studio PK 101 Gallery Show, Rome NY
  • 2015   As I See It  Rome Art and Community Center, Rome NY
  • 2013   Springfield City Hall Gallery, Springfield, Oregon
  • 2001   Solo Graduate Show Empire State College, Utica, NY

DUO EXHIBITIONS  

  • 2003   Juried Art Show       CNY Arts Council Gallery, Utica, NY
  • 2016   Women Art Show      SUNY Polytechnic Institute  Art Gallery, Utica, NY

GROUP SHOWS

  • 2018   Juried Art Show         Passionate Focus/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2017   Juried Art Show         Art Ability/Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation, Malvern, Pennsylvania
  • 2017   Juried Art show         Cazenovia Public Library, Cazenovia, NY      
  • 2017   Watercolor Show       Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
  • 2017   Women Show            The Tech Garden-Wise Building, Syracuse, NY
  • 2017   Printmaking               (Steamroller)   Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica NY
  • 2017   Juried Show              Passionate Focus    Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago Illinois
  • 2017   Juried Show              Marshall B. Ketchum University, Ketchum, California
  • 2017   Juried Art Show         Utica Library, Utica, NY
  • 2017   Juried Art Show         Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
  • 2016   Traveling Art Show    Albany Blind Art Association, Albany, NY
  • 2016   Juried Art Show        Marshall B. Ketchum University, Ketchum, California
  • 2016   Juried Art Show        Passionate Focus/ Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2015   Traveling Art Show   Albany Blind Art Association/Albany, NY
  • 2015   Gallery Art Show       Kirkland Art Center,  Clinton NY
  • 2015   Juried Art Show        Passionate Focus/ Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2015   Juried Art Show        Recycled Art Challenge  Rome Art Center and Community Center, Rome, NY
  • 2014   Juried Art Show        Passionate Focus/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2013   Gallery Show            Utica Public Library Gallery, Utica, NY
  • 2012   Gallery Show            The New Zone Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
  • 2012   Gallery Show            Eugene Storefront At Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
  • 2005   Juried Art Show      Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
  • 2005   Juried Art Show      Rome Art and Community Center  Rome, NY

AWARDS

  • 2005  Honorable Mention   Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, NY Painting
  • 2005  Honorable Mention   Rome Art and Community Center, Rome, NY Photography
  • 2005   First Place                 Rome Art and Community Center, Rome, NY Black and White Photography
  • 2014  Jury Award                  Passionate Focus, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2015   Honorable Mention   Studio PK101, Rome, NY Painting
  • 2016   Jury Award                 Passionate Focus, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois Painting
  • 2016   First Place                  Passionate Focus, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois Poster
  • 2017   First Place                  Utica Library, Utica, NY   Abstract Painting
  • 2018   First Place                  Passionate Focus, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois  Poster