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Connie Pirtle

Connie Pirtle is a painter and sculptor who works out of a studio at her home in Hermitage, Tennessee. She has an MFA in sculpture from East Tennessee State University and has worked extensively in academia, as a teacher and administrator. Recently though she has started working on her art full-time. With the retreat from academia, and the creative routine she now practices all around her 5 acre home, Connie has had the opportunity to more fully explore some of her longstanding inspirations, like Mexican art, and primitive art. Connie’s latest work includes a series of clay sculptures depicting so-called fainting goats (or myotonic goats). The goats, which fall over when frightened, have become a favorite subject of hers. She raises them on her land, giving her ample to experience their strange and amusing behavior. Connie creates and finishes her sculptures using techniques she learning in Mexico. She is also influenced by Pre-Columbian pottery and sculpture.

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