As art moved modern, realistic art remained cherished. Its value is in the human touch, the small areas of imperfection that reveal the artist’s state of mind. The apogee of realistic art is the portrait. It represents an appreciation of the individual and serves as an example of the period in which he or she belongs.
In my work, I wish to represent the subject with character, color and poetry. Portraiture is a demanding taskmaster requiring astute observation, faithful rendering, and, most difficult of all, capturing the essence of who this person is. Beginning with a life oil sketch, I follow by recording my subject in photography to select its best elements to arrive at a satisfactory composition, one acceptable by client and artist. From this, I comprise a series of poses for the approval of the client. Once agreement is reached, the portrait will take approximately four months from start to finish.
Portraiture is difficult but gratifying. Landscapes are rewarding and even though realistic can access a greater playfulness; they are created then sold, not the opposite.
Philadelphia College of Art
Tyler School of Art
Seton Hill College
BA in Art Education
Minor Fine Arts
Artist, Portrait and Landscape – 2002-1985
Teacher of Art – School of the Holy Child – 2000-1998
Teacher of Art – Philadelphia School System – 1985-1968
Artist Guild of Delaware County
Community Art Center in Wallingford
Wayne Art Center
Portrait Society of America
American Society of Portrait Artists
Irene has participated in group shows, as well as, open juried ones.
Neumann Saunders Award for Excellence – 1999
Delaware County Community College Purchase Awards – 2001, 2000
President Judge Emeritus Stephen J. McEwen Jr., Villanova, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Francis Mottetieri, Drexel Hill, PA
Ms. Linda Bates, Malvern, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Meehan, Drexel Hill, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Hooper, Devon, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Ralf Hooper, Newtown Square, PA
Judge Arthur and Mrs. Carol Kaffrissen, Chestnut Hill, PA
Dr. Kathleen Heubner, Ambler, PA
Ms. Elizabeth Del Biondo, Haddon Heights, NJ
Ms. Eva Lefgowitz, Philadelphia, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Curato, Lansdale, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Lieberman, Drexel Hill, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Burns, Lansdowne, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Hooper, Villanova, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Chapin, Watertown, NY
Mr. & Mrs. Franc Leicht, Drexel Hill, PA
Mr. & Mrs. John Brady, Wayne, PA
Mr. Nick Catania, Edgemont, PA
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sexton, Springfield, PA
Mrs. Mildred Cramner, Beach Haven, NJ
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Libutti, Teaneck, NJ
References available upon request.