Eileen brought her love of painting from New England to New Bern. After a 20-year career as a corporate meeting planner, retired to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with her husband. She became a licensed Realtor and also decided to try her hand at painting, beginning with watercolors, taking as many classes possible.
Ten years later, they moved to New Hampshire and she was inspired to take up oils, studying with Lois Griffel and Susan Sarback, well-known followers of the artistic principles developed by Charles Hawthorne, an influential American impressionist who founded The Cape Cod School of Art.
After moving to North Carolina, Eileen became a member of the Coastal Carolina Plein Air Painters (CCPAP) with whom she paints regularly. She also joined Twin Rivers Artists Association (TRAA), and in 2015 was Program Chairman and Vice President.