"Realism Portrayed in Oil"
Featuring the art of Eileen Strickland
August 27 - 5:30-7:30
During the month of September, The Artists League of the Sandhills will feature realism paintings of local artist, Eileen Strickland. The exhibit opens with a reception at the League’s Exchange Street Gallery on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and will remain on display through September 27th.
Strickland, whose work is widely collected, has been an artist for more than 31 years and recognized as an award winning portrait artist and art instructor. She is known for her detail, vivid color, and using oil medium in a classical realism style. Strickland strives for excellence in composition, color harmony, and strong values in her paintings.
Strickland began drawing cartoon characters using colored pencils and charcoal in her teen years. She started painting at age 30, studying with several local and nationally known artists from 1985 through 2008. Strickland enjoys photography and seeing the unlimited subjects in nature for her artwork and capturing the personality of people and pets in her portraiture.
Upon retiring in 2005 with 30 years in the secretarial field, Strickland became an instructor for the Artists League of the Sandhills. Since 2012, she has been an art instructor for Parks and Recreation through the Village of Pinehurst. She teaches art students privately in her home studio and is also an instructor for art classes held at the Design Market in Aberdeen. Strickland enjoys her method of teaching one-on-one, giving students instant feedback, encouraging them to paint subjects of interest, and to create strong light, mid and dark values in their art.
Strickland's artwork is displayed in private and public collections in California, West Virginia, South Carolina, Texas, and throughout North Carolina. You may view more of Strickland's work at www.eileensart.net.