Connie Hines, began her art career in Las Cruces by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Art Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. Her business of commercial art developed quickly in the 1980s. She painted murals and graphics on a commercial level throughout the Southwest, including many projects at NMSU. Connie is the Principal and Owner of Connie Hines Interior Designs. She is considered a major leader in the local industry. Besides being an award-winning licensed interior designer, Connie is an accomplished residential and commercial contractor, branching out into custom home plan design and construction. Connie is also active in the community, serving on various design and building organizations, as well as the Doña Ana Arts Council and Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. Connie is a native of Roswell. She grew up in a military family in which her father was a pilot in the Air Force and stationed in England and Germany during her childhood. Connie and Jerry have five children together and nine grandchildren.