Irene has lived in the rural area around Selkirk for more than 40 years, (Libau, Lockport) so counts herself a country girl.
Always an artist at heart, she showed her predisposition in childhood, one of her earliest memories being the smooth and effortless feel of drawing with a lipstick on the wall ... Throughout public school, she loved to draw and paint, thus being assigned the tasks of designing stage sets and programs for school operettas and concerts. After university, as a young mother, she continued to do art, and took oil painting lessons from Gwen Fox herself at evening classes held at the Comp in Selkirk.
For 25 years, she commuted to Winnipeg, and was employed by an international company as a graphic artist doing design and layout for hundreds of trade and professional association magazines across North America. She created hundreds of magazine covers and won awards for her work. Throughout her professional life, she continued to paint as the spirit moved her. Irene combined her professional graphics career and fine art to create the current Gwen Fox Gallery logo design.
Irene loves to learn and explore her mediums, though the boldness of acrylic is favoured. A member of Gwen Fox Gallery, as well as the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Irene has participated in classes and in art shows. She finds great joy in painting, focussing on her art, and truly being “ireneska”.
Irene’s paintings are often surreal or expressive of real-life emotion, passion, or insight. She strives to create an inner landscape, populated by ideas, feelings, textures and colours.
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