Coni Grant, CGFA
Coni is an expressionist landscape painter. Her colorist paintings vibrate the senses and present a view of nature, full of emotional energy that can be, at times, challenging and thrilling. She first picked up a paint brush at age four and by the time she was eleven her art pieces were selling in a California gallery. She earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from California State University Long Beach while working for Tomy Toys in Long Beach as a product and promotion designer. In 1981 she moved to San Francisco where she was an art director in an advertising agency and later, creative director in her own advertising design studio.
Coni’s career in graphic design stretched over twenty years. During that time she also taught Senior Graphic Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, worked with the San Francisco Society of Illustrators, and served as Artist in Residence at the San Mateo First Presbyterian Church. It was not until “retiring” to start a family that she took up painting again. After the birth of her son in 1995 she earned her California teaching credential and became an instructor for adult education in oil painting for the Monrovia Unified School District in California.
After moving to Colorado, Coni earned a Masters Degree in Painting at Adams State University and opened the PleinView Painting Studio in Alamosa where she still lives with her family, painting and teaching all year around. She is an active outdoor painter, a member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, andf High Desert Painters (an international plein air group), and founder of the San Luis Valley Painters.
"Using my design background, I combine Expressionist influences with innovative color ideas, to express a distinctive view of the landscape."
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