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 pastel works that now hang in homes, businesses and galleries across the country. She has been recognized as a highly accomplished pastelist and has been featured in magazine articles such as the Pastel Journal, American Artist, and International Artist. She is a signature member of Women Artist's of the West, the Northwest Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of America. Her honors include an award of merit from American Women Artists, a second in the Northwest Pastel Society's International Exhibition, and was an active juror for the portrait/figurative category of the 2009 Pastel Journal 100 Competition.
More recently, Ilene has expanded her representation to include works in oil. These works share the same freshness and confidence as her pastels, 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 Rogue Gallery Art Center in Medford, Oregon. Her images can also be viewed online at: http:www.ilenegienger.com.