Award winning Ilene Reed’s sunbeam luminous paintings resonate spiritual and aesthetic ambiance. With guidance and patience her paint flows on the canvas with movement, life, playfulness and contagious energy.
A native of Colorado, Wildlife artist Ilene has been painting for close to 46 years. Her work is renowned by her ability to capture the beauty, emotion and personality of the wildlife and the natural world with dramatic light permeation and color. 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.
Her artwork is defined by the story it tells and suggests relationships through subtle details and a touch of humor. There is a sense of the animal's individual personality powerfully expressed. She learned early on in life about wildlife by caring for orphaned animals - among them, baby cottontails, a coyote, Mallard ducks, Bobwhite quails, and a California quail. Recognition for her artwork also began at an early age, winning her first place ribbon in a state wide second grade art competition. At that point she knew had found the perfect way to express her love of wildlife. It was in high school she took up oil painting wildlife with formal instruction and encouragement from her high school art instructor. Ilene left a business marketing and public relations career to pursue wildlife art and love of the medium.
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".
Today Ilene's home and studio in Colorado is surrounded by pines and visited daily by mule deer, coyotes, foxes, and occasionally by bobcats and mountain lions. Each day brings a new and exciting view of the Rocky Mountain range, which serves as the ultimate backdrop to "live the dream" as a wildlife artist.