I was born and raised in New Orleans with 35 years as a commercial graphic artist working for corporate companies throughout the New Orleans area. I received a Commercial Art degree from Delgado Community College. I've also studied at the University of Southeastern Louisiana and various artist workshops throughout Louisiana.
The subjects I choose to paint are usually subjects that remind me of my southern roots. The music, the people, the food, the cultures, etc. All that is New Orleans and its roots. I have what you might call an impressionistic style. I call it contemporary folk art with quick wide brush strokes and flashes of color, highlighted with gold leaf and raised texture. I am always trying to bring across my love for the southern area and it's people to my paintings.
Connie Kittok is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Fun, Soulful, Connection
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, or in your neighborhood, specifically influences your work?
I love the music and it's people and all it's unique places. All play a big part in the creation of my art.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I settle in for a long night of work after everything and everybody have been taken care of. I like to work late into the night. I find the blanket of darkness and quiet very soothing. Rainy days are good for creating too!
Where do you draw inspiration?
Who are your artistic influences, or gurus?
Vincent Van Gogh, Clementine Hunter
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love real New Orleans Music. The kind you hear when you pass a club or walk down a French Quarter street.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
In my kitchen
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I am always working. I prefer nights.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I love playing in my yard. Oh, I talk to the birds and the raccoons and any other wildlife that makes it to my back porch for their late night snacks.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
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