Meet Your Models: Connie Foster


The many faces of Connie Foster. Photos by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

Artist models are an intrinsic part of the art education experience.  A good model serves not only as a reference, but also as a source of inspiration providing character development and storytelling. In “Meet Your Models,” we’ll sneak a peek inside the creative minds behind the muses.  

The indomitable Connie Foster has entertained students and teachers alike for over 25 years.  With a personal repertoire of over 50 full characters and a whimsical disposition, Foster is exemplary of a stellar model performance. 

What’s your hometown?

Georgetown, Texas.

How did you become an art model?

I was scouted by an Academy representative while starring in a musical revue. They asked if I wanted to try costume modeling and I naively said yes!

Describe your modeling style:


Who are your personal muses?

Cirque du Soleil. Actors and actresses, such as Helen Mirren.

Favorite character to portray?

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Mean or nasty characters are the most fun!

Favorite teacher to work for?

Carol Nunnelly. She inspired me to start my own costume collection.

Favorite part of being a model?

It never ceases to astound me how different artists’ interpretation of a model can be. I’ll have one pose, and each student will make their own unique creation from it.  


Student Margaret Horwedel works on a cintiq to capture Connie’s narative. Photos by Shahin Fathi Djalali.


Connie debuting her latest steam punk character in Ben Jelter’s Digital Clothed Figure class. Photos by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

What might surprise people about artist modeling?

It’s totally legit. No hanky panky. Very professional.

Best album to pose to?

Classical music or film scores.

If you could be drawn by any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

Rembrandt, because I look like his wife.

Favorite hobbies outside of modeling?

Shopping! I love thrift stores and antiquing. Also, I’m a tea aficionado.  

What did you have for breakfast?

Granola doctored with blueberries, cinnamon and two percent milk cut with half and half.  

What is the last book you read?

I’ve been reading Jules Verne to research steam punk ideas for a costume I’m developing.  

If you joined the circus who would you be?

I have a fantasy that I’m the vocalist for a Cirque du Soleil show.

If you could live anywhere where would you live?

San Francisco! That’s why I live here!

If you were an animal what would you be?

A seal. So playful!

Who would play you in your biography?

Is Sally Fields too old now? She’s a fellow Scorpio.  

Do you have a hidden talent?

I do voices and imitations. Best chicken you’ve ever heard.

Final Quote:

“Enjoy every moment. Life is very short. The older you get the more you realize that.”