Art is something that speaks to the viewer individually.  It makes one ‘feel’ something.  Good, bad, indifferent….but every now and again a style comes along that gives your heart a little lift…it makes you happy.  

Fare Bella is beyond happy to introduce the bright and beautiful work of talented artist, Coni Grant. Coni has a sense of color and design that is sophisticated and complex but one doesn’t see that initially…they just smile! 

I am a life-long artist and have lived and painted in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado for the last 16 years..  The natural beauty of the region exerts a continual influence over my artistic imagination.

Innovative color ideas and a design emphasis help me express a distinctive view of the landscape, and ‘plein air’ – or painting outside, on location is my greatest source of inspiration.  I have been influenced by painters of the American West and Canada, where plein air work has a great tradition, but also by the expressionist painters of the 20th century.

After a career of 20 years in advertising and graphic design, primarily in San Francisco, I devoted myself to painting full time.  I have a BFA in Graphic Design, a Masters degree in Painting and a California teaching credential for Adult Education.

Currently, I work out of the PleinView Studio in Alamosa where I live with my husband and family, paint full time, and teach Painting classes all year around.  My classes and workshops emphasize painting fundamentals with a focus on design skills and inventive color use.IMG_4427IMG_4425IMG_4430IMG_4426

Art Association and club memberships include:  Plein Air Artists Colorado, Plein Air Painters New Mexico, Spanish Peaks Arts Council, founding member of San Luis Vallery Painters, and High Desert Painters – an international plein air group. 

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