About Connie Mae
I create oil paintings that celebrate my passion for nature. Influenced by artists such as Asher B. Durand and Andrew Wyeth, I enjoy observing details that help to portray a sense of realism combined with the feeling I sense in a place. It is often commented that my paintings give viewers a sense of peace, which is the highest complement to me, as I feel peace in nature and endeavor to share that through my art.
Please read my history below to learn more about my art and process!
West Virginia artist Connie Mae Moeller grew up hiking and camping with her family in the woods of Michigan, developing an ever-increasing love of nature. Never without a pencil or paintbrush, she drew and painted from her experiences throughout her life. Connie’s paintings celebrate her love of nature transporting the viewer in to experience the peace that nature offers. She paints in a realistic style capturing light, shadow, and color in a manner that unites the spirit or feeling she senses in each place with the joy she finds in observing each detail.
Connie majored in fine art at Spring Arbor University with a concentration in oil painting, received additional education at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and has studied under renowned artists including Lorenzo Chavez, Derek James, and Katriel Srebnik. Her studies have led her to paint en plein air (on location outdoors) and also to use photos for reference when painting in her studio. After studying the old masters, her technique generally begins with an underpainting, then builds with color and glazes.
During her earlier adult years, Connie's artistic attention was devoted to teaching art classes to middle and high school students. Since moving to West Virginia in 2012, she enjoys the state’s wild and wonderful outdoors, and her art celebrates the beauty she finds. Her artwork has won many awards, appeared in several exhibitions including juried, solo, and group shows, and has been purchased by several private collectors across the country. An active member of her community, she has served on her local council for the arts, created public art, and contributes to educational art programs. Professional memberships include Tamarack: The Best of WV and Allied Artists of WV.