Connie Smith Siegel hiking with art supplies.

Connie Smith Siegel has been a working artist and teacher for over forty years. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the country and has taught drawing, painting, and color at numerous universities and colleges, including the University of California, Santa Cruz, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the Arts and Consciousness Department at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. She was rotating department head and associate professor at the University of Colorado, Denver Center. Siegel’s studies in meditation and personal development include long-term study in Sensory Awareness and experience in Buddhist mediation, Gestalt therapy, expressive art therapy, and intensive studies in movement, poetry, and sound. She lives in Woodacre, California.

Connie Smith Siegel hiking with art supplies.


I see you
in the silver fog
that shreds the summer blue.
I see you
in the blue-green water
streaming white on darkened rocks.
I draw your blue
and green and white
until it fits the inside
of my hand,
until your light burns
right through me, onto
paper, canvas, anything that
catches light and holds it.

I ask only for reflections,
and to ride
the wild blue horses
with the night.
On their backs
the gold stars, shining,
light the shadows
of our lives.

– Connie Smith Siegel