Artist Profile

Connie Pickering Stover


Mediums: Photography, Fiber, Digital

"My work is all about creating big movement in small spaces."

For over 40 years I have been a graphic designer, web designer and entrepreneur. I now works nearly full time at my studio, 2nd Life Gallery & Studios, in Chelsea, Michigan. My work has been juried into national and international art competitions around the country and I lead intensive three-day needlepoint retreats twice a year.

I have recently accepted a teaching role in Chelsea for a series of classes called: “Introduction to Abstract Art Making” where students learn how to appreciate abstract art through mini-lectures and is then encouraged to explore their own artistic spirit with hands-on projects.

My needlepoint has taken a lifetime of experimentation and a bit of bravery to finally find my voice in the world that is dominated by traditional needlepoint stitchers. I have escaped the constraints of perfecting my stitches for judges and critics and found reward in embracing the philosophy of accepting serendipity as a gift. The lumps and bumps that come unexpectedly from twisted or knotted threads coincide with my belief in the Japanese philosophy of “beauty with lack of intention”.

Needlepoint became fascinating to me when I discovered that it could be bent and twisted and I could happily make work that fit no mold, nor followed any rules. I could tell stories – imagine that each stitch was being sent out on a mission. A tiny speck that joined with another tiny speck, and then another until they merged together to form a new story.

The graphic design side of me is expressed in my "altered photography", where bold colors and painterly images are created from my original photographs. I cannot resist the call of dusty old barns, nor the sight of rust, cobwebs, and peeling paint found on everyday items that are long past their intended usefulness.

Artist Website Links

http://ConniePickeringStover.com
http://ChelseaSpirit.us

Art Pieces Available For Sale by This Artist

Cobweb

Photography

Size: 15" x 15"
Price: $95

Watercolor Leaves

photography

Size: 15" x 15"
Price: $95

Old Oak Tree

Photography

Size: 15" x 15"
Price: $95

Red Handle

Photography

Size: 15" x 15"
Price: $95

Not Ready for Winter

Mixed Media Needlepoint

Size: 14.5" x 1.45"
Price: $490

For the Living

Mixed Media Needlepoint

Size: 14.5" x 14.5"
Price: $490

Spring 14

Mixed Media Needlepoint

Size: 14.5" x 14.5"
Price: $490

Lapis Pool

Mixed Media Needlepoint

Size: 14.5" x 14.5"
Price: $490