Calmness in Nature and Joy in art reward me spiritually
Ileane hails from Chicago and has fond memories of attending drawing and life classes at the Chicago Art Institute. Teachers helped to broaden her skills in oils, acrylics, printmaking, watercolor, and silk.
Sumi-e happened by accident in 1995 while visiting Spanish Village in San Diego and a class with Lucy Wang. Ileane’s favorite subjects are flowers, animals, calligraphy, collage, and the human figure. She continues to work in collage, watercolor, and silks. For many years she was a member of the Illinois Artisans Program where she displayed and sold in their art gallery.
Ileane is a member of National Sumi-e Society of America (SSA) and the Sumi-e Midwest Chapter. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her awards include: 2006 SSA “Frog and Insect,” 2016 SSA “Waterfall” (Midwest Chapter), and 2019 SSA “Almost Home” (Founder’s Award).
“I consider myself a spontaneous artist and grateful for this gift as it gives a sense of peace and joy and the means to express myself to others through art,” explains Ileane.