About Connie

Connie Guillaume

Connie Guillaume was born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. Her interest in art began when she met local, well known portrait artist, Mary Muller. She studied under Muller off and on for over 20 years.

In 1984, at the age of 32 she returned to college and received an associate degree, then worked as a commercial artist sixteen years before returning in a serious manner to fine art.

In the transition time from commercial artist to fine artist, she had an unexpected opportunity to teach at the Des Moines Art Center. This led to other teaching avenues such as, adult education classes offered through Ankeny community school and finally accepting the challenge in 2001 from Mary Muller to teach young students who were seeking art instruction. She taught private lessons to youth for more than six years, enjoying the fun and challenge they brought to her.

Trained in realism, Guillaume has always had a passion for portraits. She enjoys the challenge of capturing the beauty and spirit of another person. These portraits and her various other realistic work are done in a variety of mediums such as charcoal, pastel, and oil.

Another passion she holds is for prison ministry. In 2004 she met inmate Ronnie White, an outstanding artist in his own right. This friendship has been an influence on her work   Intrigued by his hidden image style, she began to incorporate it into her own work.

A workshop given by international artist Lian Zhen in 2006 began an interest in watercolor. His ability to draw out images from the watercolor pour technique gave Guillaume a path to experiment with the idea in a different way which offers both art in an abstract and realistic manner.

She continues to create realistic pieces in various mediums, however her current work increasingly shows a commitment to watercolor and this dramatic new change in style.