Influenced by years in the "field", translating the color and light of Northern California
into plein-air paintings in oil, my abstracts in the studio are still obsessed with color.

I usually approach a painting by laying-out a spacious expanse of one color, then adding or
subtracting further colors intuitively, composing with the relationship of the color shapes.
Lines may help clarify the composition.

My inclination for a following painting is to initially use movement and marks to satisfy
my inner impulses. Repetition and pressure create areas of intensity. Results of this physical
approach can require careful modifications to compose the space.

The continuing intellectual challenge of abstraction, its visually exciting history,
the opportunities for individuality, and the gifts of surprise offered by the paint,
keep me engaged as an abstract painter.

Public Collections
Marin Academy Library, San Rafael CA

Spirit of Drawing; Spirit of Color, Connie Smith Siegel

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Golden Gate Marin Artists, National League of American Pen Women

Drawing and color with Connie Smith Siegel
Painting with Chester Arnold, Mel Adamson, Mark Grieve, Bernard Healey, and Michael Azgour

Formal education
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA (Painting)
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA (Graphic Design)
City College of San Francisco (Professional Art)
John Abbott College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Fine Art)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Painting)


Abstract Paintings 1

Abstract Paintings 2

Oil Pastels

About the Artist