When she was young, Connie Toebe would sit in her room in the evening and watch the sun go down. The beauty and fugitive nature of those sunsets enchanted her. Her very first photograph was of one of those sunsets, taken from her bedroom window.

Connie went on to earn her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the years that followed, she discovered that same sense of beauty, loss and impermanence all around her. She would spend longs hours roaming the darkened hallways of museums to take photos of dioramas of endangered animals or exploring empty buildings to find just the right shot. She seeks, through both her photos and her paintings, to capture that mood of longing and loss these scenes evoke. To bring an appreciation of the beauty in the passing of time, of change and decay, that is oftentimes lost in our fast paced world.