My Life with Art, Eileen Strickland

I began my art career by taking an advanced Tole Painting class using oil medium. I took several workshops from local artists to improve my skills but I am mostly self-taught. In the past 21 years I have completed more than 200 commissions and 750 paintings. I love using strong color and detail in my work. I enjoy painting subject variety but especially portraits of people and pets. I strive to capture the spirit of a person or pet in the portrait, bringing life through the eyes. Most of my artwork is done with oil medium. I use transparent glazes of intense color in layers and focus on building a painting in strong values. I have also worked with other mediums such as pen, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and fabric paint.

I had a 30 year career as an Office Assistant at McCain Correctional Hospital and retired in 2005. I began teaching art classes at Artist League of the Sandhills from 2005 until 2012. In the past six years I have been the art instructor for Parks and Recreation through Village of Pinehurst and I give art instruction to private students in my home studio. I enjoy teaching art to children and adults in all media and styles to include beginners through masters level. I believe it is important for every student to paint a subject that interests them. I give each student full instruction on how to create a good layout, begin the painting or drawing and instruction until it is completed. It is very rewarding to see immediate art growth in a student’s work in my classes.