Connie Luebbert

Connie Luebbert is a professional graphic designer and owner of salt and light studios (1999), with clients worldwide.  As a re-emerging painter, she is currently working in watercolor and India ink wash, on rice paper.

Chinese Brush Painting, Sumi-e and its Americanization

Chinese Brush Painting requires a different way of thinking…bravery, precise strokes, and no mistakes. Black India ink and water create grays, watercolor paints for color, and the whites are simply the white of the paper. There is no erasing, or painting over as with oils or acrylics. In addition, working with rice paper requires a practiced consistency of medium and water, or the stroke will bleed into undesired areas.


In my series, Americanized Chinese Brush Paintings, I’ve taken Chinese Brush Painting to another level. These paintings not only use Americana in subject matter, but are painted in a more complex manner, with more complicated strokes and less simplicity… almost the opposite of Sumi-e. Carrying on in the Chinese tradition, each painting is finished with Chinese Calligraphy, and/or my artist signature chop.


Missouri State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts 2008
Missouri State University, minor in Art History and Religious Studies, 2008

Exhibitions & Shows
2008    Les Silos, Maison du livre et de l’affiche Gallery in Chaumont, France
2014    Sumi-e Chinese Brush Painting, RSVP Gallery, Springfield, MO
2014    Mother-Daughter Show, RSVP Gallery, Springfield, MO
2015    Sumi-e Chinese Brush Painting, 1900 Park Gallery,  St. Louis, MO
2015    Under The Influence, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO
2016    Mother-Daughter’s Show, 1900 Park Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2016    Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café, Columbia, MO
2016    Gailey’s Breakfast Café, Springfield, MO
2016    Artisan’s Farmer’s Market, Summer 2017, Columbia, MO
2017    Westgate Lofts, St. Lou Fringe, St. Louis, MO
2017    Mother-Daughter’s Show, 1900 Park Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2007   U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service educational design winner  

2008   Chaumont International Poster Competition winner, show at Les Silos, Maison du livre et de l’affiche Gallery in Chaumont, France
2008   Missouri State University Theatre Department Competition: winner of poster designs for the entire season