Editor's Note: Kicks presents 20Q, a new feature that introduces readers to people involved in the area's arts and entertainment community. Compiled by kicks Editor Greg Little, each piece will include a short bio, photo and answers to questions that provide insight into not only that person's artistic interests but also his or her unique personality.
Glowacki didn't start out as an artist.
The Janesville native initially planned a career in teaching after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from UW-Whitewater. She spent the next seven years teaching kindergarten in her hometown.
She first discovered her artistic abilities in 1980 while taking a watercolor class. In the 36 years since, she has enjoyed a professional career that has included teaching art classes in Hawaii, Arizona and the Midwest and having her work displayed in exhibits and art fairs across the nation. In 2008, she and her husband, Mike, opened her own gallery in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
Glowacki has been juried into the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and the Honor Society of Watercolor USA as a signature member of each. She also has received the UW-Whitewater Distinguished Alumni Award, the PEO International Sisterhood Magazine Cover Award, the United Artists Hall of Fame Award, the Craig High School Alumni Recognition Award, recognition as an accepted artist by The Hardy Galley of Ephraim, Wisconsin, the “Life of an Artist” Award” from UW-Rock County and has been included in the Janesville Women's Club/Art League Gallery's permanent collection.
To see more of Glowacki's work, visit her website: http://stores.connie-glowacki.com.
1. You started your career as a teacher. How do those skills transfer to becoming an artist? Teachers seek to draw out their students' insights and abilities, which happens when they are free to create on their own. My art is meant to draw out awareness, insights and an appreciation for beauty in our world.
2. When it comes to art, do you stick to one media? Drawing in pencil is my basis. Color adds emotion to my subjects. Watercolor is my favorite because I am most familiar with it. Oil and acrylic are fun challenges.
3. What is the one tool you can't live without? An ebony pencil, jet black, extra smooth, is my favorite tool. It allows me to draw with 13 levels of lightness to dark.
4. How did you discover your talent for art? I have an inner joy when I create, and people have responded to it.
5. Who is your favorite artist? God is my favorite artist.
6. What is the most dangerous thing you've ever done? I went whitewater rafting in a black diamond river in Australia.
7. What is you worst habit? Overloading my schedule.
8. Are there specific materials you will work with, such as paint and brush brands, or will any equipment do? I use the finest pigments, brushes and paper available to guarantee durability. Other materials are used to create certain textures as I think of them.
9. What is your favorite board game? Any board game our granddaughter wants to play.
10. If someone else paid for it, would you jump out of an airplane? At my age, are you kidding?
11. Tropical island or mountain retreat? I taught watercolor on Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island in Hawaii for 12 years. Great sunsets!
12. What is your ultimate goal as it pertains to your art? My ultimate goal is to become the best artist I can and to share the beauty and joy of creating with people of any age.
13. Do you create from imagination or must you see your image to paint it? Usually, I use my own photos of special scenes for realism. I also play with paint to create spontaneous, colorful, non-objective designs with sprayers, printing shapes, throwing paint and repetition of line, etc…
14. What is the best lesson you've learned about the art business since you started in it? Ours is the purist form of business. I make the product. My husband, Mike, frames it, and people decide if it has something special for them and buy it. Mike handles the advertising and accounting, and we both market our work. We like people, and we guarantee our products.
15. Is your art ever truly finished? I have pulled my work from the frame to make changes, but most pieces are complete when we frame them. In the greater sense of creating, there is always more to strive for in each new subject.
16. What is the best way to remove paint from an artist's brush? It depends upon the kind of paint and the kind of brush. If it is dried acrylic or oil, toss the brush.
17. Do you need silence to create, or do you prefer a bit of noise? Silence or quiet symphonic music is best when I'm drawing precisely or painting wet-in-wet, and upbeat music with words by Billy Joel or Neil Diamond when I'm filling in trees, fields, etc…
18. What is the strangest question anyone has ever asked you about your art? “How long does it take you to paint a picture?” I tell them 34 years and a few days.
19. Do any of your pictures have a particularly humorous, personal story to them? Every painting tells a personal story which varies with the past experiences of the viewer.
20. You have 2 hours of free time. What do you do? Try to see if I can still play the piano or take a nap.