Art has been a life long pursuit for me. Early on, I was able to capture likenesses in portraiture and began to receive commissions in both high school and college. I later expanded my subject matter to include landscapes and still lifes while retaining a passion for portraiture, which is the dominating force in my work.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Frank Manning, my high school art teacher whose love of art and high expectations of his students made him an unforgettable influence. His confidence and attention to my work inspired me to take a career in art seriously.

After college, I taught art while maintaining and increasing my artistic skills via commissioned work, formal art courses in drawing , painting and pastels and  art workshops. Along with the aid of excellent technical and historical art books I gained a solid foundation in art appreciation and an enhanced ability to create it.

Currently, I work and give instruction from my studio in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.
   
Education
  Studied under Joe Sweeny, Pennsylvania Academy of Art
Portrait Classes with Paul DuSold, Pennsylvania Academy of Art
Portrait Classes with Ernie Norcia, Portrait Artist
Workshop in Oil Landscapes with Nancy Barch, ASW
Philadelphia College of Art -
Tyler School of Art
Seton Hill College
BA in Art Education - Minor Fine Arts
Work Experience
  Artist, Portrait and Landscape
Teacher of Art - School of the Holy Child
Teacher of Art - Philadelphia School System
Portraits - pastel, oil and charcoal
Organizations
  The Art League
Artists Guild of Delaware County, PA
Community Art Center - Wallingford, PA
Wayne Art Center - Wayne, PA
Portrait Society of America
American Society of Portrait Artists
Irene has participated in both group and juried shows
  Neuman Saunders Award for Excellence - 1999
Wayne Art Center Fall Student Exhibit - 1999-2000 - 2001 - 2002
Delaware County Community College Purchase Awards - 2001 - 2000
Delaware County Community College Annual Juried Exhibit - 2006
American College Summer juried Exhibit - 2003
St Thomas of Villanova University Spring juried Exhibit - 2004