Connie Bootz

connieWhen I was a little girl, we would play “school” and I was always the art teacher. Today, I am living the dream as an art teacher with Cocktails & Color. There is so much beauty in the world around us, and I love capturing it through painting. Each of my classes has a magical turning point where students become confident and proud of their paintings, and by the group photo at the end of the class, everyone is all smiles showing off their masterpieces.

Music and art have always been the biggest part of my life, and I am happiest when creating. My favorite artist is Vincent van Gogh, and this quote by him resonates with me, “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

I am a native of Sharpsville, PA and after graduating from Edinboro University have called Erie home; I have worked in the advertising and marketing fields for over 25 years. Inspired by my mother’s death, I realized how short life truly is and started a new career in medical coding to not only honor my mother, but to also make a difference in the lives of others. I am currently a CPC and ICD-10 certified coder at UPMC Hamot’s Lakeview Urologic Surgeons.

I hope that my love of life and painting instills the same in others through Cocktails & Color. After all, life is just too short to not spend it doing the things you love…

To see a complete list of Connie’s paintings, please visit her Pinterest board.