Connie Aronson was actively painting and printmaking in New York City and nearby Litchfield County for more than 60 years. Using bright colors in oil and gouache, her work was dominated by paintings of floral still lifes and impressionistic images from her years of travel in Europe. That work shows the influences that she found in the works of Matisse, Van Gogh, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe, and the German Expressionists.
“I paint to bathe in the joy of color,” Aronson said, and this is obvious as her bold work speaks through a palate of bright colors.
Aronson is best known for her colorful flowers and eloquent travel paintings, but her early work—impressionistic woodblock prints and abstract painting—are at least as deserving of attention.
Aronson began painting as a teenager in Philadelphia, using watercolors to reinterpret Esquire magazine photographs. She gained her formal education in art at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art and Art Design and, in New York, at the Art Student League and the Isabel O’Neil Studio. She studied with Bruce Dorfman at the at the Art Student League, Knox Martin, Hobson Pittman, and Murray Barton.
Aronson had an active exhibition schedule, showing both solo and in groups in New York City; Como, Italy; Northwestern Connecticut; and New England. Her paintings are in collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.