Award winning Ilene Reed’s sunbeam luminous paintings resonate spiritual and aesthetic ambience. Her paintings are filled with movement, life, playfulness and contiguous energy.
Ilene is a self-taught Colorado wildlife and landscape artist. Inspired by the beauty of the land she creates paintings of the natural world with dramatic light permeation and color. Her intense and expressive work allows her to constantly explore new methods and techniques, inviting the viewer to see wildlife in new and diverse ways. Her use of well defined strokes and painstaking details in her art captures the beauty of wildlife in the surrounding natural environment expressing the artist’s inner feeling and emotions.
Ilene has shown through her body of artwork she is quite comfortable executing both genres, her prowess in landscapes and wildlife. Her unique signature detailed style is popularized through a series of whimsical wildlife paintings. The result of this artistic approach is an outpouring of creative expression that received state wide and national attention. In addition to her first place ribbon, her unique style was rewarded with the Dr. Stan Worley award in 2016 for her “sincerity and unique technique” in creating the oil painting "Wake Up Mom . . .Hungry as a Bear".
Her aim is to create paintings that invite audiences to participate. Engaging and capturing the audience in some way. Her works engender the audience to imagine, speculate or further investigate. Hopefully the lesson learned is that life may be serious but we must take time to enjoy the fleeting moments, staying childlike makes all the difference in the journey.