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Eileen Downes

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Eileen Downes is a native of California.  Always drawn to art, Eileen pursued a career in graphic design and scientific illustration working for a local civil engineering firm.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento, and a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of California at Davis.  She has developed a unique artistic style utilizing the medium of collage and specific layering techniques. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have three daughters.  Eileen comments upon her personal life: “It is the process of creating visually pleasing or intellectually stimulating artwork that is most personally fulfilling for me as an artist; likewise, it is the process of experiencing a creative life as a woman, wife, mother, and daughter that is the most fulfilling for me in spirit.  I thank the Lord for giving me the gift to create artwork and to share it with others.” What does it mean to be a “layerist” painter?  My collage artwork is composed of many layers, each significant in the process of my art making.  I use bits of torn magazine papers as my “palette of paint” working the image by adding and subtracting tonal values of this paper until I create the effect that I desire.  Words, phrases, and imagery from the materials that make up the collage become visible upon close observation of the work adding to the meaning of the piece.  I am continually amazed by specific words that appear almost magically between the torn edges as if they are themselves part of the creator of the artwork.  Often I use unusual collage materials such as band-aids, gum and candy wrappers, heirloom family photos, and sentimental letters from which to create my layered images.  I add a small amount of oil pastel to each piece to increase the textural appeal, and I leave the rough collage edges visible to add to the layered effect.  I hope you enjoy looking at my artwork as much as I enjoy making it.”

Artist’s prices beginning at $575.00.

A sampling of Eileen’s work at Petroglyphe Gallery (click any image to enlarge and scroll through)