When I met Connie Arismendi 23 years ago, she was making mixed media objects, painting iconic images of roses, fire, the Sacred Heart, on wood panels with metal attachments—wings, arrows, crosses. I made a point of seeing her shows at Galeria Sin Fronteras (now closed) and supporting her work on the board of Women and Their Work, Austin’s historic alternative space. As our lives moved in different directions, however, we lost touch. I knew Connie had suffered a number of losses, but I had no idea she had moved into the realm of public art, winning several competitions city and statewide. When I ran into her recently and witnessed her physical transformation – she lost over fifty pounds and now has the body of an athlete – I knew I had to have her story for Creative Mix.