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 has shaped both her personality and her paintings.
She was introduced to art at an early age and by the time she had reached her 20's, she decided to pursue a career in art, enrolled in and graduated from Southern Oregon University, and in the 1990's began instruction with renowned workshop painters.
For twenty years, Ilene has produced collectable paintings that now hang in homes, businesses and galleries across the country. She has been recognized as a highly accomplished pastelist and oil painter and has been featured in magazine articles such as the Pastel Journal, American Artist, SW Art and International Artist. She is a signature member of Women Artist's of the West, the Northwest Pastel Society, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. Her honors include an award of merit from American Women Artists, first in the Women Artist's of the West Exhibition, second in the Northwest Pastel Society's International Exhibition, second in American Impressionist Society's Exhibition and was an active juror for the portrait/figurative category of the Pastel Journal 100 Competition.
Whether oils or pastels Ilene's works share the same freshness and confidence, 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 live models.
She is currently represented by Roby King Galleries in Bainbridge Island, Washington and Cole Gallery, Edmonds, Washington. Her images can also be viewed online at: http:www.ilenegienger.com.