Constance Bachmann was raised in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in one of Kelowna’s century old homes on fifty acres of surrounding orchard. She now resides in a modern barn conversion on that same spacious, rural property. An artist from a young age, Bachmann first took art classes in 1982 at Okanagan College. She then attended Langara College in Vancouver to continue her art education. After traveling for several years she settled in Vancouver where she had her first solo exhibition at the Sarah Dobbs Gallery in 1994. It was a time for many new galleries in the Vancouver art scene and she recalls feeling particularly drawn to the work of artist Peter Aspell at the Monti Clark Gallery showing across the street from Sarah Dobbs.
Bachmann eventually returned to the Okanagan in 1997, and began creating her popular still life with fruit paintings, and a floral based series. With these, she mastered her palette knife technique before moving on to more animated subjects. Her first dog paintings were inspired while visiting Toronto and walking the Beaches boardwalk where she encountered several ex-racing greyhounds. In the past, her grandfather had hunted with greyhounds in the Ukraine, giving this new series a sense of personal history. Ready for a challenge, Bachmann began this body of work in a more contemporary style than her previous work.
From greyhounds to bulldogs, Bachmann had her first solo show ‘Bark’ at Sopa Fine Arts in 2010. Combining her palette knife technique with much broader brush strokes, she shaped her new subjects in a looser style, allowing more freedom to experiment with color. She began a fresh series in 2013, depicting bears. Painting a traditional theme in this more ambiguous, contemporary style proved very popular with collectors of Canadian art. Not one to sit idle, she’s now come full circle and has recently returned to her first and favorite subject matter: the figure. Bachmann’s new figurative series is inspired by the elaborate fashions worn by Queen Elizabeth and other French couture from the 1600-1700’s era.