Connie Connally paints abstract and figurative compositions, employing a personal vocabulary of color, form, mark, and gesture to convey complex emotions, sensations, and light effects experienced in the natural world. Often beginning by sketching and painting en plein air—producing energetic layers of color and markings inspired the California coastline—Connally later refines her work indoors. “I draw extensively from the dynamic rhythm of the nature that surrounds me and my greatest desire is to recreate that experience on the canvas,” she has said. Connally also produces figurative oil paintings, such as her series “Familial Faces,” which features tightly cropped face portraits that look directly out at viewers. She cites Joan Mitchell and Alice Neel as major influences on her practice.