Artist statement

"As I push paint around a canvas, I strive to describe the essence of a person (or place, or thing) by maintaining three priorities:  An excellent likeness, a natural pose or composition, and a flavorful light.  When described well, the way light bounces, scatters, caresses, and burns is a visual whisper that hints at the character of the subject.  Telling a story within a painting is fun, and gives me an opportunity to stir the imagination of the viewer.

"My work is my personal expression of gratitude to my Creator."

exhibitions

Hoosier Salon 93rd Annual Exhibition - 2017
Sullivan Munce Artist Group Show - 2017
Hoosier Salon 91st Annual Exhibition - 2015
Solo Show at Greenfield Banking Company - 2015
The Nobbe Show, featuring Connie Nobbe and Susie Nobbe, Art on the Square Gallery, Greensburg, Indiana - October 2013
Solo Show at Indianapolis Art Center Fall Open House - 2008
Indianapolis Art Center Annual Student Show - 2007
CPSA Midwest Color Exhibition, Mt. Clemens, Michigan - 2004
CPSA 11th Annual International Exhibition, Brea/Los Angeles, California - 2003
CPSA Eighth Annual International Exhibition, Birmingham, Michigan - 2000
CPSA Chicago District Chapter 103 Exhibition, Hinsdale, Illinois - 2000
Indianapolis Art Center Annual Student Show - 1999

honors

Portrait Society of America Members-Only Show, 4th Place in the "Commissioned Portrait" category - 2017
Portrait Society of America Members-Only Show, Finalist in the "Outside the Box" category - 2016
Best of Show-Adult Division; Indianapolis Art Center Annual Student Show - 2007
Billie Cothran Award for Merit in Portraiture; Indianapolis Art Center Annual Student Show - 2007
Second Place; Midwest Color Exhibition, Mt. Clemens, Michigan - 2004
Best of Show; "From My Perspective" 4th Annual Member Show - 2003
CPSA DC 101 Award For Excellence; 11th Annual Exhibition, Brea/Los Angeles, California - 2003
Best Drawing-Adult Division; Indianapolis Art Center Annual Student Show - 1999

Affiliations

  • Oil Painters of America
  • Portrait Society of America
  • Hoosier Salon
 

About

Born and raised in Greensburg, Indiana, Connie Hargitt Nobbe (pronounced NAH-bee) was first inspired artistically by her mother, who would paint in oils on canvas many afternoons in the kitchen. Connie went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Ball State University in 1987. After one year working as a production artist for a large sportswear silkscreening corporation, and four years working as a designer/illustrator for a fine papers company, significant life events inspired Connie to venture into a career in nursing. However, she never abandoned her artistic endeavors.

Connie has continued to pursue excellence in draftsmanship through classes, workshops, art competitions, conventions, and open studios. She has taken classes at the Indianapolis Art Center and workshops with artists Dan Gerhartz, Michelle Dunaway, Qiang Huang, Mark Boedges, and Carol Marine. Connections in both the art world and the medical world have led to portrait commissions for individual clients and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

With her long career of caring for those who are facing the toughest struggles of their lives, she has a deeply ingrained appreciation for the human experience which, in turn, fuels her passion for portraiture and narrative figurative art.  She also loves painting still life and landscapes in oils or dry media. Her work has won local, regional, and national awards. Connie now resides in Brownsburg, Indiana.