ARTIST OF THE WEEK Connie Hanselman in her home studio.
When I first met Connie she had an easel set up in front of a friend’s house. She was doing a painting of the house, but when it was done it somehow showed more than just the house. In Connie’s words, “My paintings of real objects give solid form to spiritual ideas – like the struggles of life and the gifts that emerge from those struggles.”
Connie received her art training at Wright State, and then worked for nearly two decades illustrating at WPAFB. Some of her art can be found at Gallery 510 Fine Art (508 E 5th St in the Oregon District).
Connie is in a group called “Lady Painters of Dayton” that had an exhibition at the Dayton Society of Artists last year. I asked her about that group.
“We get together once a month. We show a painting we’re working on and get ideas from the group about that painting. Members include Bridgette Bogle Tina Eisenhart Michele BonDurant Mychaelyn Michalec Sabrina Pryor Jennifer Bristol and Rebecca Sargent.”