Kentucky Tourism

Combs, Connie

Clayhole, KY



Connie Combs of Breathitt County in Eastern Kentucky has been drawing since she was a young girl, and practicing for a long time.  She states, “We were very poor when I was young and school paper was not to be wasted, so I practiced drawing on cardboard boxes. The boxes were strong and clean and just waiting to be drawn on.”


Connie’s subject matter centers on mountain people from her native Appalachian region and includes subjects such as coal miners and basket makers.  Sometimes other subjects, such as “Marge the Bird Lady,” catch her eye.  Connie comments, “Appalachian faces tell the story of our culture, a culture that sets us apart as a special people with generous giving and spiritual character.”


Connie completes her drawings from photographs she takes of her subjects and makes it a point to always have her camera ready. She believes that people who have old photographs have treasures just waiting to be discovered. Connie is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Connie’s drawings can be found at the Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.