about the artist
Eileen's portraits have been likened to the work of contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Whereas Kehinde's backgrounds are decorative, Eileen's provide meaning and revelations about her subject. She begins each work by rumaging through her extensive collection of fabrics. She selects fabrics that will provide clues to the subjects' personality and vocation. For her portrait of Michelle Obama, she chose fabrics that represent the former First Lady's love of fashion; and then shaped them into floating hearts, symbolizing the public's love and fascination with Michelle.
After receiving her BFA from Florida International University, Eileen moved to New York to be near to the art scene developing in the East Village of Manhattan. She has exhibited her work throughout New York, and the United States, for over 20 years. Most recently, she was a docent at the Brooklyn Museum for 10 years, before relocating to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2019.