Medium: Painting & Sculpture
Connie Andrews has been painting portraits since the late 90s. She has commissioned portraits hanging all over the region and is creating a series of motion paintings. Connie’s ArtPop Peoria piece, “Bringing Him to Life,” depicts Preston Jackson sculpting his Richard Pryor statue, “Richard Pryor: More Than Just A Comedian.” This painting was a turning point in Connie’s career. “It is like magic watching Preston work,” Connie said. The whole experience of creating this painting and learning sculpture from Preston has inspired Connie to start creating sculptured portraits. “While I am not going to stop painting, I feel like a whole new world has opened up for me with sculpture,” Connie said. She currently teaches oil and pastel painting in Peoria and Morton. She is a resident artist at Studios on Sheridan in Peoria and also has a studio in Morton at Jefferson Street Gallery and Studio.