For as long as Ilene can remember, she has been drawing and painting fun little characters. She was one of those kids who could entertain herself for hours with a pencil and paper mesmerized by the world of creativity. Ilene knew at a very young age that she wanted to be part of the art world.
Ilene attended the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and majored in Graphic Design, Illustration and Jewelry Design. At school, Ilene was introduced to the field of children's book illustration and believed that was the direction she wanted to pursue. After a lot of hard work and perseverance, Ilene was given the opportunity to work with many publishing houses such as Random House, Scholastic, Highlights Magazine and Kar-Ben to name a few.
Realizing her work was evolving and appreciated more broadly, Ilene began to create and sell original acrylic paintings at galleries and privately in her studio. Her paintings range from colorful figurative work, dog portraits, florals, abstracts and mixed media. Ilene's passion for color makes her work desirable with many collectors.
Ilene has been accepted into large juried exhibitions such as Artexpo Miami and Artexpo New York along with many local and national shows.
Juried member of The National Association of Women Artists 2013 Board member of the Massachusetts Chapter.
Artist member of the Rockport Artist Association & Museum, Rockport, MA
My figurative work is based on my observations of people involved in everyday activities. Whether it be the interaction of a couple dancing or a group of strangers next to each other in a crowded room. I create an emotional connection for not only the viewer, but also between the people depicted in my work. Working as a children's book illustrator and painter, it is important to me to create a narrative quality to my work and draw the viewer more easily into my world.
The are many elements that go into creating my finished works. I believe a strong layout and design of the canvas is the most important piece to jumpstart a successful painting. I begin with a sketch and when I am completely satisfied and feel excited about the concept, I will draw directly on the canvas and start the painting process. I am never sure as to what colors I will eventually use, but I do know as I layer more and more color onto the canvas, I feel the work evolve. At this point, if my painting looks and feels balanced, I know I am on the right path towards a successful painting.
A strong design, vibrant color palette and a narrative quality are what makes my work truly my own.
"With Eyes Open" Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston MA 2017-2018 "A Parallel Presence" Wedeman Gallery, Lasell, College, Newton, MA 2018 "Courting the Uncontrollable" Galatea Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2018 "Stroke of Genius" National Association of Women Artist, Rockport Artist Association, Rockport, MA Juried Exhibition of Women Artists of New England 2015
"Printed, Painted, Folded, Torn" Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA Juried Exhibition 2015
Off The Wall/ Community of Artists, Danforth Museum, Juried Exhibition
"Current Visions" South Shore Art Center, Juried Exhibition NAWA 2016 "Art of the Dog" Gallery Seven, Humane Society 2016
Art Expo New York 2012 Art Expo Miami 2011
BFA University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Museum of Fine Arts, Continuing Education DeCordova Museum, Continuing Education
Top Fifty Artists to Watch Art Business News 2012 Merit Award, South Shore Art Center "Sources-Origins" Cohassett, MA 2011
Represented By: Sher Gallery at the Waterways, Hallendale, Florida Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Park, Concord, N.H. Vermont Artisans Designs Gallery, Brattleboro, Vermont