“I take ordinary and often discarded objects and turn them into thought-provoking individual pieces of art. By deconstructing the past and then reconstructing pieces to suit my concepts, I elevate each object and present work that speaks of my experiences, influences and idea for the future."
Irene began her art study with Charles Stanley Lewis at the Kansas City Art Institute. She continued art classes at Kansas State University while pursuing a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After practicing Feline Medicine for 30 years she retired and resumed art exploration with David Gross. He challenged her to “paint daily”, which she has done, enjoying every minute of learning. She teaches painting and drawing and loves working with her students. Her work can be seen at her studio in Ottawa, Kansas and at Prairie Pastimes Art Gallery in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.