Rancho Santa Fe painter Connie McCoy exhibits at L Street Gallery; reception is Jan. 5

The L Street Gallery in downtown San Diego will feature the work of Rancho Santa Fe resident Connie McCoy for its next show “Changing Currents.”

After earning B.S. degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, she had a successful career in advertising and graphic design, owned her own business and won numerous awards because of her design abilities, art direction and marketing skills, McCoy then decided to dedicate more time to her passion for painting and studied with Sebastian Capella and Jeff Watts primarily.

“The desire to paint is a gift....No one can be as happy as an artist lost in their work,” McCoy said. “It is a wonderful passion. We all see differently and therefore interpret the world differently. There is room for constant growth which is great for the body, the soul and the mind.”

For years, McCoy has painted representational in oils, always inspired by nature and the dramatic effects that lighting creates. Lighting has always been her trigger since she studied Light Physics in college and for her that knowledge intensifies the understanding of the phenomenon of lighting patterns and colors achieved by nature and the elements and the currents of the air and the sea. She began pushing representational to an abstract level and found more excitement there. Loosening of the style to abstract allows her to be much bolder and expressive. She loves to develop texture with different glazes and media and the palette knife. Her use of colors is often reminiscent of the Impressionists in the way she puts analogous colors together in certain areas.

McCoy has exhibited for years in the community at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, the RSF Library, the Wells Fargo Bank and the Scripps Encinitas Hospital to name a few.. She is excited to be featured in this show downtown which she says is more regional.

She has found a kindred spirit in Rebecca Bauer, who will be her co-feature artist in this show of “Changing Currents.” The “L” Street Gallery, owned by the Omni Hotel, is located at 628 L Street, San Diego, 92101. The opening reception is Saturday, Jan. 5, from 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public. The show will run until Feb. 15.

For a private viewing or more information, contact Director Kay Colvin at