About Vermont Artist – Tony Conner
If it is possible to separate the artist from the painter, then as an artist, Tony Conner is methodical, reflective and circumspect, while as a painter he can best be described as intense and energetic. His paintings are uniquely expressive in use of contrasts of value and color, and built on powerful and dynamic compositions.
Tony’s path as a self-taught artist has followed a serious and active course that has been dedicated to a single medium – watercolor – and an apprenticeship to its unique disciplines.
While primarily expressing and interpreting the landscape and seascape, his paintings reflect an interest in a variety of subjects, and exhibit a wide range of representational expression. Most of his work is completely focused on the quality of light itself.
Tony’s paintings are widely exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibits. His work has been included in a number of national juried exhibits including the New England Watercolor Society National Biennial, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Art Association Annual National Exhibition, among others.
Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies and an active member of several other watercolor and art societies and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club. He is profiled in “100 Artists of New England”, Schiffer Publishing, 2011, “Best of Artists’ – American Landscape”, Kennedy Publishing, 2012, and in “Three Who Nurture The Arts”, Southern Vermont Arts & Living Magazine, Summer 2013 and “Learn From What Isnt’ Working”, Plein Air Magazine Aug/Sep 2015.
A native of Winchester, Virginia, Tony currently works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
My senses are particularly in tune with time as it passes through the cycle of seasons and how a particular moment in time is reflected in the character of the landscape. Times of transition – especially those transitions from season to season – are especially captivating, since the landscape reflects change with subtle contrasts. The main objective of much of my work is to freeze moments of transition, revealing the evocative character of common subjects.
Watercolor is my main medium of choice. It is truly the medium of light since much of its beauty and character result from the interaction of transparent color and the light that passes through, from paper to eye.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
“Landscapes and Seascapes”, Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
“The Vermont Landscape En Plein Air, Spotlight Gallery, Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier, Vermont
Rotating Art Program Featured Artist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
“Landscape Observed and Interpreted”, Burgdorf Gallery, Southern Vermont College
“Impressions of the Slate Valley”, Slate Valley Museum, Granville, New York
“Landscapes & Seascapes of New England” – Zollikofer Gallery, White River Junction, Vermont
selected juried exhibitions
New England Watercolor Society Signature Members Show, Boston, MA
New England Watercolor Society Regional Juried and National Open Exhibitions
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open
Rhode Island Watercolor Society National Watermedia Exhibtion
Hudson Valley Art Association, Annual National Exhibition
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
Kansas Watercolor Society National Open Watercolor Exhibit
Jack Richeson & Co. Award, Salmagundi “Land & Sea Exhibition” 2020
First Prize, New England Watercolor Society Regional Open 2019
First Prize, Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw 2016
Second Prize, Senecal lake Plein Air Festival 2016
First Prize, 2nd Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival Quick Draw, 2013
Honorable Mention, Vermont Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit 2013
Louise Demeter Memorial Award for Excellence in Any Medium, North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester, Associates Exhibition, 2012
First Prize, 4th Annual Billsboro Winery Plein Air Festival, 2011
Honorable Mention, Rhode Island Watercolor Society 10th Annual National Watermedia Competition
Howard & Diane Meier Award of Merit, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society 6th Biennial National Exhibition
Best in Show, Chaffee Arts Center, 43rd Annual Members Exhibit
“Learn From What Isn’t Working”, Plein Air Magazine, September 2015
“From Business to Brushstroke”, Hill Country Observer, April 2015
“Three Who Nurture The Arts”, Southern Vermont Arts & Living, Summer 2013
Work included in “Watercolor Sketching, An Introduction”, by Paul Laseau, Norton & Company, 2012
Included in “100 Artists of New England”, Schiffer Publishing, 2011
Signature Member, New England Watercolor Society
Signature Member, Vermont Watercolor Society
Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York
Artist Member, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, Massachusetts