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Connie Wilkerson-Arp
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Humanity thrives on stories; from the epic tales we see on the big screen or explore in the pages of a novel, to the intimate ones we exchange between friends, family, and even strangers. Stories have been passed down for generations; they fill our libraries, our video stores, our heads... and yet we're still constantly creating more. Truth or fiction, fantasy or reality, epic or intimate, stories have a way of capturing us.
Like many children, I grew up on story-telling. I consumed tale after tale, whether it be in the form of George Lucas's space odyssey or from the pages of CS Lewis's fantastic worlds. I never let that thirst for story-telling go. As children, we are encouraged to nurture and exercise our imagination, yet as adults, its importance is painfully overlooked.
So like many of the great artists before me, I strive to tell stories in my work. I primarily paint in oils, and my style can best be described as “illustrative realism”. In each piece I try to have an underlying tone of dream-like mystery. With every painting I create I am attempting to convey a moment, a tale that even I may not truly understand. I have recently begun a new style of painting, or story-telling. With each piece of visual art I create, I now add to it an original “audio-environment”-- a custom-made soundtrack meant to coincide with the scene depicted, to bring the viewer even further into this world I orchestrated. The moments I paint, these unspoken stories, are perceived differently by each viewer, as we all have different unspoken stories of our own. To me, this becomes a form of art in itself. Not just to paint or draw an image, but to reach that place within all of us. That place that began when we were children, and despite our best adult efforts to forget has never vanished. That place where we yearn to make something more, something deeper, out of the world around us. Where we don't just see an old shack in the distance, or a lonely man on a park bench, or a forgotten cemetery... we see a story.

I have been painting since I could form memories. Before college, I received training from a variety of professional artists both near my home of Warren County, New Jersey, and across the river in New York City. These artistic mentors ranged from commercial artists, art professors, and traditional fine artists.
I majored in Fine Arts with a focus in painting at both Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA and was blessed enough to spend some time studying in Paris. Towards the end of my college career, I began to truly find my place in the art world as my detailed story-telling style grew into my artistic passion.
Since the age of eleven, I have been selling my art and working as a commissioned artist. Whether it be a traditional painting, a tattoo design, a public or private mural, illustration, or object decoration, I have been able to explore countless artistic methods and mediums through my freelance work.
In High School I began hosting art camps for children, held in my private studio, and have been a part-time art instructor ever since. I teach all ages and in many mediums and venues. I instruct private one-on-one lessons or offer group sessions. These classes can be held at my own home or in the comfort of your own, and can be offered once a week or monthly. For more information, visit my Instruction Page.
My work has been shown up and down the East Coast, in galleries in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. My favorite installation is a permanent display of my 9/11 tribute painting, hanging in the center of a memorial in the Union Square Police Station in New York.
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King-of-Monster-Gods Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Cool art! You are very talented!
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CrookedCrowStudio Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad you like my portfolio. Thank you very much!
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King-of-Monster-Gods Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
A pleasure magical artist! :D  
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