Connie Livingston-Dunn will showcased in the DAC Gallery windows as part of the August Artwalk, beginning August 7 in downtown Clarksville.
Livingston-Dunn began painting when she lived in Hawaii in the early 60’s and took watercolor and oil painting classes at the local high school with an oriental artist named Yamato. Later, when she returned to the mainland, she attended college, with classes in oil, watercolor, mixed media, fiber arts and pottery and received her BA in studio arts in ’78 and her MA in art therapy/art education in ’82, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
While living in Illinois, she was accepted into several juried shows and art fairs and received many awards, including first place in fiber arts and third place in watercolor in the professional divisions of the Illinois State Fair, and best of show in the juried Greenwich Village Art Fair in Rockford Illinois. Since moving to Tennessee in 1990, she has had several one person exhibits and awards in juried shows. In 2003, she began creating fractals and digital collages on the computer, and later received an honorable mention in the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest in Madrid, Spain. She has also exhibited her fractals at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville.
Over the years, her art has moved from realistic to a more abstract and non-objective style, using a variety of media, as she feels this gives her the opportunity to open to an inner state of expression that she calls ‘Dreamscapes’ where she paints in layers of colors and textures. Her collages contain found objects, with holographic papers, and metallic, fluorescent, inference and phosphorescent paints where the paintings change colors depending on the viewing angle of the art-work. Her oil and acrylic canvas paintings have been described as being like Rorschach’s ink blots, where the viewer discovers hidden objects and scenes within them.
In 2011, a series of incidents occurred, including a major computer crash, flooding of the lake, a tornado and two straightline wind storms hitting her neighbor which caused some damage to her studio and property.
She took a sabbatical from art making to get things back in order and spent her creative time writing stories on Cowbird.com, using her artworks as illustrations. She is now working happily in her studio again.