America's Horse in Art Artists' Biographies
For some, the pictures of the American frontier are the idyllic scenes of cowboys relaxing by a campfire after a hard day on the trail or a vast herd of cattle being led into the sunset by skilled ranch hands. These lifestyles are not confined to a past era; today’s American cowboy is still a reality. For Connie Johnson, this fact is as true as the simple, honest and hard-working lifestyle that she lives and captures in her paintings.
Born and raised on a farm in northeast Iowa, Connie has settled back into a rural setting 40 miles east of Colorado Springs. In this natural, open setting of her country home, she captures on canvas the everyday lives of today’s working cowboys, their stock and tools of their trade. By visiting and spending time at the places and with the people she paints, Connie captures the true character and atmosphere of her subjects.
Not only does Connie depict the working cowboys in her art, she is an accomplished rider, raising ranch versatility and reining horses on her ranch. When she isn’t at the easel, she can be found in the round pen working with her horses.
Connie has gained the recognition as one of the top female Western artists today. Connie was juried into the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Art Show and invited to the Mountain Oyster Club held in Tucson. She was also a commissioned artist for the 75th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.