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Conni Schaftenaar - Artist

Conni Schaftenaar

Learn more about Conni Schaftenaar from Zeeland, MI - United States.

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Thank you for visiting my FAA/Pixels gallery!

My name is Conni Schaftenaar. I have had a life-long love of colorful art but always imagined that I wasn't talented enough to be someone who actually produced art that others liked. I began to learn some techniques from a watercolor instructor back in 2013, and I've been continuing the learning process ever since. I have had much joy in the comments and communications on FAA with other artists about my art, finding out that OTHER PEOPLE actually like my art! It's been a huge confidence booster to me to get that positive feedback, and I really appreciate it.

I primarily paint in watercolor on various substrates - watercolor paper, rice papers, tissue paper, and Yupo. I have done a number of things using colored pencil/watercolor pencil. I also do some work in alcohol ink, which is a medium that seems to allow me to let myself not be so 'controlled', as controlling alcohol ink is sort of a pipe dream. I also have gotten very interested in various forms of 3D and experimental art and have a few items on my FAA gallery that show some of the successful experiments. I like to share techniques with other artists.

I am honored and humbled to have been the FAA Tony Award Winner for February 2020 as Artist of the Month - wow!

I live on a farm in West Michigan and I love to take photos of our animals (horses, turkeys, pigs, chickens, cats & dogs), and I have done a few paintings from those images. I also love to photograph flowers, trees and interesting plants, and sunrises, sunsets and beautiful cloud formations. I have done many paintings of some of those as well. I have a shop on Etsy under the name of The Elderberry Blossom (one of my favorite wildflowers!), where I sell cards, calendars and other items I come up with.

I am a nearly life-long horseback rider and my favorite 'day off' activity is to go trail riding. I love to crochet and create my own patterns. I'm trying to learn to knit, but haven't been very dedicated to that task!

I have been a marketing communications consultant for years, and I like to do layouts of brochures, newsletters, and other marketing materials. I also do marketing project management for a variety of marketing needs when a company needs someone to spearhead an occasional project that's outside the norm. My company is Marketing Projex, LLC.

I hope you like my images - thanks for looking!

By the way, if you'd like to see some of my Pinterest boards, where I share a LOT of the great art I find here on Fine Art America, you can go to my Profile Page and select a board to look at. Who knows? You might find one of your own works one one or more of my boards! I'm always hopeful that people will follow some of those links back and buy some art!

I'm also sharing on Twitter - my link is

Conni Schaftenaar joined Licensing on April 8th, 2014.