About Eileen Kennedy


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I love to draw. I love to tell stories. Egg tempera and silverpoint, my media of choice, help me to create artworks that combine both of these loves. Always a compulsive mark maker, I make thousands of marks to build form, tone and atmosphere. Some of my narratives come from memory or dreams. Others appear in my mind with no clue to their origin. I accept them as gifts.

While the ideas for my works can come to me in a flash of insight or spontaneity, their execution is the polar opposite. I begin with many drawings, sketches, and even doodles. Sometimes I hire models to pose. Other times I create figures out of my head. An 18 x 24" silverpoint drawing can take a month or more to complete, not including preliminary drawing. Egg tempera paintings of the same size take about 5 months, assuming I can put in 25 to 30 hours per week in the studio.

At some point along the way, I have to relinquish control and trust that the process will serve me well. Frequently, when a piece is about three quarters complete, I find myself in a panic--certain that all is lost. I take a deep breath and keep going. More layers. Because my use of color is intuitive, I never really know where the paint will take me and am frequently surprised at the end. I hope you will be, too.