Connie Lynn Reilly American Realist
Native Atlanta, Georgia Artist Connie Lynn Reilly started at an early age with an innate desire to bring subjects to life with her art. Connie’s ability to draw along with her painting skills, continues to impress those who view her lifelike painted images of children and adults whether portrayed in a formal portrait or narrative composition. Her portraits reflect both the outward and inner beauty of her subjects. Her use of color and detail portray emotion through each tiny line in a face or glimmer in an eye. Her stye has been influenced by classical realists and french impressionists. Her distinct style of portraiture has become highly recognized.
Connie's art work is in numerous private, public and museum collections including the Booth Museum, Tennessee Tech University, Atlanta History Center, John Bell Hood Society, St Joseph's Hospital, the Royal Palace of Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Museum of Church History and Art of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Connie was commissioned by the Royal Family of Bahrain, the Al Kahlifa family and completed a full-length portrait of the Emir's wife, Her Highness Sheikha Benna, and separate paintings of their two children.
She has been published in national and international publications. Her pastel portrait of "Christine" is featured in a North Light book entitled, " The Best of Portrait Painting". She has also been published in International Artist Magazine.
She has been a featured guest on local television shows, Gwinnett Today Show, WTV21 Talk of the Town, national television cable network "Fine Living" in a show entitled "Back to Basics" which was a special program featuring Connie's portraiture and portrait process.
In 2012 she was honored with the award of “Artist of the Year” by the American Society of Pen Women.
Included in her portfolio of images are those of American History with a special love for the portrayal of the War Between the States/Civil War, Revolutionary War and Western Pioneer Settlement periods. She is grateful for their contributions and struggles and feels here work will help others to hold their sacrifices in memory, "lest we forget" them.
Professional Associations are the American Society of Portrait Artist, Portrait Society of America.
She is the Founder, President Emeritus, Signature Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society.
Connie is a master instructor in classical representational drawing and painting. She teaches classes and workshops to beginners, intermediate, advanced and professional artists.
She is currently working on portraits, figurative works as well as illustrations for children's books and other commissioned work. Inquiries are welcome.