Recently Eileen moved from California’s Central Coast to Chico, California where she now paints the local landscapes.
Eileen posses a natural sense of color, that pervades her landscapes, seascapes, and paintings of rural life. Her fellow painters readily acknowledged that her colors, while retaining a convincing realness, have an unusual richness and vibrancy.
While living on the coast, Eileen developed a guide to instruct painters on how to easily understand and capture the atmosphere to show distance. These and other qualities deepen the appreciation of her work.
She worked for 30 years in academic institutions. In 2000 she put her full time effort into painting. She took workshops, painted regularly, and sold her work in galleries and shows.
Eileen has taken workshops from such noted painters and instructors as: Elizabeth Tolley, Ann Templeton, Richard McDaniel, Bill Hosner, Bonnita Budysz, Anita Hampton, Kenn Backhaus, Ron Rencher, Maggie Price, Colleen Howe, Ann MacMillan, Anita Hampton, and Jason Mayr.
Eileen’s Noted Accomplishments:
-- Member of SLOPE, San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment
-- Associate Member of the California Art Club
-- Signature Member of the Sierra Pastel Society
-- Painter in the 2010 Plein Air Festivalsp[onsored by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
-- Painter in the Quick Draw of the 2011 Festival of the Arts, Paso Robles, CA
Eileen grew up on a cattle ranch in the Cascade Mountains of Northern California. At the age of 13 she painted her first oil painting. Her college education was biological sciences and art at Chico State University.
Artist’s Statement, “What Drives Me to Paint?”
“On one level my work reflects my love of color, their pleasing combinations, and the textures left by the brush. On the deeper and more profound level the outdoors resonates within me with an underlying excitement, yet peace. I return again and again, with paints in hand, to capture these deep feelings. My goal is to convey these two levels in my work.”