Growing up in a rural area of southern Oregon, Ilene comes from a community of self-sufficient residents—a town where strong family values and hard work have shaped both her personality and her paintings.
She was introduced to art at an early age and by the time she had reached her early 20s, she decided to pursue a career in art, enrolled in and graduated from Southern Oregon University, and in the 1990’s began instruction with her mentor, Harley Brown.
For over twenty years, Ilene has produced collectable works that now hang in homes, businesses, and galleries across the country. She has been recognized as a highly accomplished artist and has been featured in magazine articles such as Southwest Art, the Pastel Journal, American Artist, and International Artist. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Women Artists of the West, the Northwest Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of America. Her major honors include second place in the 13th Annual American Impressionist Society competition, first place in Women Artists of the West’s competition held in Fredericksburg, Texas, and an award of merit from the Pastel Society of America. In addition, she was selected as juror for the portrait/figurative category of the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition.
Ilene’s works in both pastel and oil share the same freshness, portraying the mood and personality of ordinary and extraordinary people—figures whose inner essence comes through in a quiet and endearing manner.
Ilene continues to share her skill and love for painting through national workshops and private instruction, both locally and nationally. She conducts weekly open modeling sessions at her home studio where local artists gather and paint from models.
Her images can also be viewed online at: www.ilenegienger.com