Billings, MT


Connie Buskohl, Sioux Falls, SD

I have lived in Sioux Falls South Dakota all of my life, except for some college years in Bozeman, Montana where I met my husband. We raised three of our own children and helped raise two of his. We now have seven grandchildren. In 2011 the Lord called my husband home, changing my life forever. I am blessed to have my three adult children and 4 grandchildren living in Sioux Falls as well.

In college I studied both Art and Business. Eventually the business side won and I became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979. Since then, I have owned and operated my own CPA firm. In 1996, a desperate time in my life, I was challenged to find something to recharge myself. The Lord led me to a painting class and reopened art into my life. It didn't take long for me to realize that in the busyness of life, painting could be the "run-a-way" that recharges!! A year later I started a company called Let's Paint Run- a-ways, Inc. , where I just love to encourage people to Run-a-way and paint. Over the years I have lead thousands of kids of all ages (5 to 95) through a painting experience. You never grow tired of seeing those smiles and that "I can't believe I did this!"

When I first read about Art Without Boundaries, I completely related to the concept of offering a rewarding experience through painting. The idea of working with autistic children and people with dementia melted my heart. Almost 15 years to the day after losing my mother to dementia, I completed the certification process to become a Certified Mneme Therapist. I am totally amazed at all I have learned and how helpful MnemeTherapy can be to those who are affected by brain disorders.

The Art Without Boundraries members are a group of incredible people and I consider it an honor to be part of this organization. As life has a new chapter without my husband, I am yet truly blessed that the Lord has taken something I needed so selfishly to recharge myself and has turned it into something I can use to bless others and perhaps give them a better quality of life.