Todd Connor was born in 1964 and raised
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His background of camping, hunting
and fishing while growing up sparked his interest in the
outdoors and American history. At the age of twelve he
started painting in pastels and oils. His subject matter
ranged from landscapes to wildlife and western themes
such as cowboys.
After high school and a few odd jobs Todd took time off
of painting and joined the Navy where he served as a
Navy SEAL in Coronado, Ca. After the Navy he traveled
the country visiting historical sites and National Parks
where his love of history and the outdoors came together
with his desire to pick up the paint brush once again.
At that point he started taking college courses in
drawing and painting until he finally ended up at the
prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
Ca. where he received a BFA in Illustration in 1997.
Upon graduation he worked as a colorboard painter on the
Universal Studios Japan theme park project then made the
leap into painting full time in 1999 where he has met
with much success.
Todd shows in five
galleries throughout the west and has participated in
multiple gallery shows and national art competitions
including Art for the Parks and Oil Painters of America.
He has had much success at the CM Russell show and
auction in Great Falls, Montana since being invited to
participate the past six years. He also has participated
in Settlers West Galleries’ annual Great American West
show. In August 2000 Todd had his first one-man show in
Bozeman, Mt. which was a sellout and was followed by a
feature article in Southwest Art magazine in November of
that year. More recently, in the summer of 2005, he had
another highly successful one man show and another in
2007. That was followed by a feature in Big Sky Journal
in 2008. Many group shows as well as ongoing commissions
keep him busy.
Todd’s primary focus is on
the mountain man and pioneer periods of American history
with an emphasis on the figure and landscape. He makes
it his business to walk the land and float the rivers of
the characters in his paintings and to paint on location
as much as possible to get the sense of place. This is
absolutely essential to him as is researching the
Todd moved to Montana in 1999 and has his
home and studio in McAllister, near Ennis, Mt.
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