Eileen is predominantly a figurative artist who works mainly in pastel and oil. The paintings she creates are very direct, honest and strong portraits of people who sit for her in her studio.
“I really enjoy working from life. I am attracted to the immediacy and freshness of recreating in my own language what is in front of me. I work with models who provide me with the chance to express my artistic language through them.”
For many years Eileen has been a strong believer in the practice of drawing from the nude model. Most recently she has been working with 5 different models from various walks of life including a dancer, a pregnant woman, a refugee and a mother. In her portraits she depicts the women simply seated in a chair or standing, looking at the viewer. Some drawings are full length portraits, a new departure for her.
“Drawing from life is for me a way of life and the backbone of my work. It keeps my work alive”
Eileen has been selected for the RHA open submission several times(Dublin) Iontas Small Works (Sligo) and EVA (Limerick) where she was artist in residence, Crawford Art Gallery, UCC, Triskel Arts Centre and several shows abroad..Brittany, Berlin, Latvia and New York. In 2007 she was commissioned to do a portrait of Cork playwrite and novelist Conal Creedon for the Crawford Gallery series of Irish writers by Irish artists.The image was used for the cover of his most recent publication, 2nd City Trilogy which was launched both in Japan and New York. She has taken part in many residencies in Ireland including Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Burren Art College, Cillriallig and Sirius Art Centre. She did a residency at the highly aclaimed Art Students League, New York where she created a new body of work which showcased in an exhibition at Vytlacil Campus in upstate New York.
Eileen teaches life drawing classes and summerschool at the Crawford College of Art.