Connie’s landscape paintings and pastels are created outside with the wind and the water, the sun and the shadows. She captures the weight, energy and movement of the elements and her paintings glow with life and light.
The artist took solo painting trips to the Sierra to capture the fall colors or to Napa for the turning of the grape leaves. She lived in the San Geronimo Valley whose hills, plum trees and oaks were constant subjects along with the spectacular scenery of the Point Reyes National Seashore. She was often seen on the side of the road painting beside her Toyota van or found with her easel on a wooded path beside the creek in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
The beauty of her paintings inspires us to care for the natural world. She created a series of paintings of Blueberry Hill in Woodacre in order to protect it from being dug up for a 10 million gallon water tank. The tank was not built and the hill and its resident oaks are still standing, thanks in part to Connie’s paintings which made people aware of the beauty of the site. .
Her processes for working with drawing, color and healing can be found in her 3 books; Spirit of Drawing, Spirit of Color, and Creating Peace: The Healing Language of Drawing and Color ( to be published soon in PDF format). These books, beautifully written and illustrated, provide step by step guides to concepts and techniques for fine art development, expressive art making, as well as self exploration.
Connie was a professor at the University of Colorado, and taught Sensory Awareness, color and drawing at John F. Kennedy University, the California Institute for Integral Studies, Esalen, University of California as well as at many conferences on Art Therapy, Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, and Artists and War. Her work has been shown throughout the country, all over Marin, and is in collections at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Airport. Her landscapes, full of the healing energy of the earth, can be seen at Kaiser Santa Rosa and Oakland as well as in many Bay Area doctors’ and therapists’ offices.
“ Connie Smith Siegel is an artist of marvelous serenity. She is a great technician and a major spirit. You feel at once on entering the gallery that this is not just work with paint and canvas, but genuine proof of the hope that humanity can be at peace with the world.” Alfred Frankenstein, San Francisco Chronicle.