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 within a variety of series; Animals, Americana, and Landscapes.

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



2019    Gilchrist Gallery OCT, Cumberland MD

2018    Galleria OCT-DEC, Loveland Public Library, Loveland CO

2018   RAW Denver Presents Magnify, MAY 3, 2018 Church Nightclub, Denver CO

2018    Impasto Gallery, Love, etc. Show, JAN 2018, Ionosphere 104, Longmont  CO

2017    Sugarloaf Craft Show, Boulder CO

2017    Mother-Daughter, ARTSFEST, Springfield MO

2017    Mother-Daughter’s Show, 1900 Park Gallery, St. Louis MO

2017    Westgate Lofts Display Windows, St. Lou FRINGE, downtownSt. Louis MO

2016    Brassworks Gallery, Portland OR

2016    Mother-Daughter’s Show, 1900 Park Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2016    Artisan’s Farmer’s Market, Summer 2017, Columbia MO

2016    Gailey’s Breakfast Café, Springfield, MO

2016    Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café, Columbia, MO

2016    Westgate Lofts Display Windows, St. Lou FRINGE, downtown St. Louis MO

2015    Let Them Eat Art, St Lou FRINGE, St. Louis, MO

2015    Under The Influence, Orr Street Studios, Columbia MO

2015    Sumi-e Chinese Brush Painting, 1900 Park Gallery, St. Louis MO

2015    Westgate Lofts Display Windows, St. Lou FRINGE, downtown St. Louis MO

2014    Mother-Daughter Show, RSVP Gallery, Springfield MO

2014    Sumi-e Chinese Brush Painting, RSVP Gallery, Springfield MO

2008    Les Silos, Maison du livre et de l’affiche Gallery in Chaumont, France. International Poster Contest Winner

2006   Contest-7x winner, Poster Design, Theater Dept. Missouri State University, Springfield MO



RAW Artist invitation to join, Jan 2018

Chaumont International Poster Competition winner, with show at Les Silos, Maison du livre et de l’affiche Gallery in Chaumont, France  

Missouri State University Theatre Department Competition: winner of poster designs for the entire season

U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service educational design winner