Outside the Lines and In Between

 "In the purest definition of abstraction, her landscapes, though recognizable, are more about McConnell’s impressions of these natural spaces than a description of the geographic features of the land. She describes her work as “bringing the negative space forward… placing colors in non-traditional situations and simplifying the natural forms.” While she speaks of her work in pragmatic terms, the resulting pieces are experiences, not descriptions, of places she comprehends on a deep and sensitive level. 

McConnell’s spaces are ethereal (what sublime rhythms). Not quite landscapes and not quite non-objective, McConnell’s work is about the spaces between the trees"

Fran Gardner -professor of art and art history and chair of the Humanities division at the University of South Carolina Lancaster


 I take into consideration the tradition of landscape painters before me and those who experimented with color fields, line and space. My love of the landscape has led to an affinity for both tonal and abstract expressionistic styles. Trees, vegetation, rocks, water and sky represent constancy. These subjects are abstracted by drawing lines and organic forms with my brush, pulling elements to the surface and pushing them back down under layers of paint. Horizon lines and trees may appear and then be obliterated by color. In my most recent series, I explore the areas between the trees. The negative space becomes positive and adds to the sense of place.