"No Boundaries" needlepoint canvas, privately owned.

“No Boundaries” needlepoint canvas, privately owned.

Connie's Studio

Connie’s Studio

 

Connie Pickering Stover and Bingxin Zhao, Dec. 2012 with "Cosmic Joy".

Connie Pickering Stover and Bingxin Zhao, Dec. 2012 with “Cosmic Joy”.

 

Connie Pickering Stover needlepoint artistAbout Connie Pickering Stover

Connie grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and was influenced by art throughout her life.

Since her early teens she was most content when she had a piece of fabric and a needle in her hands. Needlepoint was introduced to her when she was in her late 20’s and she has been exploring that medium as art ever since.

While still in high school Connie’s passion for art and her eye for design were evident. Her teacher, the well-known artist George Douris, kept encouraging her and assisted her in assembling a portfolio of work that would get her accepted as a student into the Philadelphia College of Art. Fortunately she quickly realized that the academic world did not fit with her idea of how she was best suited to learn.

At the age of 18 she set out to explore the world of art with Irving Stone’s novel, “The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo” in one hand, and tickets to sail to Europe on her own in the other. Her goal was to personally view and study as many sculptures and masterpieces as she could that were mentioned in the book. During her trip to Europe she traveled 11 countries, learned another language, visited the most famous museums, viewed the art of the masters, learned about self-sufficiency, and had her 19th birthday.

For over 40 years Connie Pickering Stover has been a graphic designer, web designer and entrepreneur. She now resides in Chelsea, Michigan and is semi-retired. She is currently Museum Director at the Chelsea Historical Museum.

She constantly pushes and pulls the canvases she works on to free them from their predictable grids and coaxes them into shapes that convey freedom and movement.