Back in the Studio

With a new year come new opportunities. I’m excited to have re-activated my studio after wrapping up an intensive Masters degree in Arts Administration in December, 2013. My studio is located at the Manitou Art Center in Manitou Springs, Colorado. I am happy to have visitors so just ask or stop by during open hours. The Manitou Art Center is a multi-use space with full printmaking, ceramics, and mixed-media studios, as well as a maker space and multiple galleries.

Up next is a solo show opening Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Commons Gallery under the Colorado Avenue bridge. It is exciting to be creating and showing work again and pushing my practice forward as an artist.


Here are some images of work in progress – india ink and encaustic on panel with mixed media and transfer. Happy New Year!mcconnell-workinprogress3 mcconnell-workingprogress2 McConnell-hands-workinprogress1


What’s New?

Thanks to an exciting new position at the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS (I started as co-Director last August) I have been pouring my energies into curating, managing, and co-directing other people’s art.  I love this field of work–always new ideas to develop, interesting artists to work with, new work to be exposed to, and new skills to learn.  Curating is an art form in and of itself, as is fundraising, exhibition design, event coordination, and all the other aspects that make up a great job in the arts.

In the past year as well I have been accepted into the Master’s in Public Administration program at UCCS and have already been taking classes (it’s like an MBA in the Non-Profit field).  Again, new challenges and all the rewards that come with that.

All this is to say that I have slowed down my studio practice considerably, though I hope to maintain it while working full time and pursuing a Master’s degree.  I have a terrific studio and hope to be working towards a new exhibit in the next six months to year.  I have also put my workshop teaching schedule on hiatus–there just aren’t enough hours in the day!

I am still primarily an encaustic painter and hope to continue to explore new ideas, posting those here as I can.  Thank you for your patience and you can always see my newest work on my facebook page:

Artist’s concepts wax with medium | mcconnell, art, paintings – Life – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO

Gazette article highlighting my work . . .

Artist’s concepts wax with medium | mcconnell, art, paintings – Life – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO.

Summer 2010 Workshops!

I’m teaching two workshops this summer at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs (part of the venerable Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and a truly lovely space in which to teach and take a class).

One is an all around intro class (perfect for all levels really) and the second is an intermediate class, in which those with encaustic painting experience will be encouraged to push beyond their previous experience.

Dates and Descriptions:

Encaustic Painting
Learn the ancient art of painting with Encaustic (Beeswax) medium. Suited for beginners through experienced artists, the workshop will cover all the basics of painting with Encaustic, including creating your own encaustic paint, painting and moving the wax around with heat and tools, layering collage elements, drawing into encaustic, metal leafing, photocopy transfers and more! Each participant will be provided with four birch plywood panels and all encaustic materials and tools. There will be a
$25 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Ages 16-Adult

AYW114 McConnell $158 (Members $143)
Sat & Sun 6/12-6/13 10:00am-4:00pm

Intermediate Encaustic Painting
Do you have some experience with Encaustic Painting and want to take your work to the next level? This two-day workshop will review the basics of working with molten beeswax and pigments while exploring advanced techniques in more depth. Work in a series to push exploration of your ideas and skills. There will be a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor
on the first day of class for supplies including six panels in various sizes. Ages 16-Adult

AYW124 McConnell $158 (Members $143)
Sat & Sun 7/17-7/18 10:00am-4:00pm

Classes fill fast!  Registrations are now being accepted from the general public:

I hope to see you at one of my classes this summer, I guarantee you will learn a lot about the ancient art of encaustic painting!

Encaustic Paintings 2009

Domus #3, Encaustic and collage on panel, 24x24". 2009.

Domus #2, Encaustic and collage on panel.  24×24″, 2009.

Encaustographis, installation at Smokebrush Gallery

Encaustographis: Gallery Talk Video

Encaustographis: 2009


Coccyx, 18×24″. 
Encaustic on panel with collage, pigment and photo transfer. 

Serpentine, 12×24″.
Encaustic with pigment on panel. 


Wasp Queen, 12×24″.
Encaustic, pigment, and copper leaf on panel.


Fertile Armour
Fertile Armor, 12×24″
Encaustic with pigment, collage, and silver leaf on panel. 


Pod, 24×24″.
Encaustic, collage and pigment on panel.


Husk, 24×24″.
Encaustic and pigment on panel.


Dendrological 2008
Dendrological, 18×24″.
Encaustic and pigment on panel.


Dendrological DETAIL
Dendrological (Detail).


Filamental, 18×24″.
Encaustic and pigment on panel.


Umbra Filamental
Umbra Filamental, 18×24″.
Encaustic with pigment on panel.


Asteraceae WEB
Asteraceae, 12×24″
Encaustic and pigment on panel.


Cage aux Folles, 16×20″
Encaustic, collage, pigment and copper leaf on panel.


Domus, 24×24″
Encaustic, collage and pigment on panel.


Lotus, 24×24″
Encaustic and pigment on panel.