Inspired by nature, Rish paints an enhanced version of what she sees

The soaring beauty of the Gloss Mountains, the serenity of horses watering in a valley stream, the delicate details of a single flower bloom – these and more are depicted in the oil paintings of Connie Rish. A sampling of her work is on display during March at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studio in downtown Alva.

During the First Friday Art Walk, Rish described her immersion in art as a "second life career."

"I went back to school in my early 40s and studied the classical ways of art at the Conservatory for Classical Art." She then did a four-year Atelier, which she describes as a very intens...


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