Senator selects Rocklin artist’s painting for display at state Capitol

McLennan’s ‘Echo of Eternity’ can be viewed through September 2014
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In 1998, the California Senate initiated a program to celebrate contemporary California art. Every other year, senators select an artist from their districts for inclusion in this show. The exhibit has become a popular event and is an important collaborative effort between senators and California artists.

This year, Sen. Ted Gaines worked with PlacerArts to identify a piece that represents the 1st Senate District. Connie McLennan’s 24-by-24-inch oil on canvas, “Echo of Eternity,” depicts a heritage oak on Granite Drive in Rocklin estimated to be more than 400 years old. The painting was chosen Best of Show in University Art’s 2012 Open Exhibition in San Jose and received a judge’s choice award at Ironstone Vineyards’ Spring Obsession Show in 2011.

A resident of Placer County since 1986, McLennan grew up in Yreka, where she often accompanied her father, a veterinarian, on his out-calls in the surrounding countryside. McLennan graduated from California State University Sacramento with a degree in journalism, then spent two years studying illustration at Academy of Art in San Francisco. She began as a freelance illustrator, completing a wide variety advertising, institutional and editorial assignments, including the poster for the 2010 California State Fair and 13 children’s books. She is member of the Air Force Art Program and a two-time contributor to the U.S. Air Force Art Collection, with paintings of an A-10 “Warthog” and the Global Hawk drone at Beale Air Force Base. McLennan turned to painting full-time in 2011.

Works featured in the California State Senate 2013-14 California Contemporary Art Collection will be displayed at the Capitol through September 2014.