Biography

Start with truth, then manipulate it. This is where Ilene Gienger-Stanfield’s current painting style has evolved to after 20 years of artistic exploration.  Her unfettered compositions of people, places and things are powerful in design, accuracy, and thick passages of unique color. 

Gienger-Stanfield’s studio is in the hills of Southern Oregon where she holds weekly figurative session and teaches private lessons.  She has taught workshops nationwide and has signature status with American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Northwest Pastel Society and master signature status with Women Artists of the West.

Ilene’s first intensive studies were in portraiture where her sensitivity to capturing the character of her subjects honed her drawing skills.  Always open to learning she then began observing subjects in a more abstract thought process in regards to seeing only color shapes and how they fit together.  This observation of shapes led to a broader range of subjects such as still life, landscape and figurative.  Often Gienger-Stanfield does not know what she is painting, but instead only the shapes she is painting.  The last influential injection into Ilene’s current painting style was to strive for more original and clean color.   

The combination of these influences, drawing, shape, and color have led to a style that is “A space that is my own” quotes Gienger-Stanfield.  Her images are pared down to essentials and the viewer comes away with having viewed poetry in art. 

    


ARTIST STATEMENT

 The arts are a journey analogous to life.  In mind and body what we are in our youth we are no longer in our age.

On one’s path of life there is acquired knowledge that applied to our individual lives, will change our beliefs and practices.  If our lives are ever changing then, too, should be our art.

The challenge of executing a likeness of the subject with rhythmic pigment loaded pastels was utopia.  I thought I would forever be a consummate pastel portrait painter.  But, like life, the journey has presented me with knowledge andoptions to investigate including techniques, mediums, subjects, and creativity.   I crave this exploration and the excitement and inspiration that accompanies.  Currently I am enjoying the use of oils as well as pastels, various subjects, and the journey towards a more intuitive style.

Salute.


RESUME

SIGNATURE MEMBERSHIPS:

American Impressionist Society

Pastel Society of America

Northwest Pastel Society

Women Artists of the West

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Oil Painters of America

American Impressionists Society

Pastel Society of America

Women Artists of the West

Northwest Pastel Society

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

Roby King Galleries, Washington

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

BA, cum laude, Southern Oregon University

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014 Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon

2013 Back to Basics, Cole Gallery, Washington

2012 Cole Gallery, Washington

2010 Counter Clockwise

—Rive Gauche Gallery, Scottsdale

—Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, Oregon

2006 Hagen Fine Art, Medford, Oregon

2005 Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon

2004 People Paintings, Rogue Gallery, Medford, Oregon

2002 Connections, Accents Gallery, Ashland, Oregon

 

INVITATIONALS:

2016 Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, Oregon

2015 Grants Pass Museum of Art, Figurative Invitational, Grants Pass, Oregon

2015 Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, Oregon

2014 Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, Oregon

2013 Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, Oregon

2010 50 Over 50 Invitational, Rogue Gallery, Oregon

2008 Figurative Collection, Roby King Galleries, Washington

2008 Figurative Collection, Mockingbird Gallery, Oregon

2003–2006 Signature Invitational, NW Pastel Society, Washington

 

 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Favell Museum, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Rogue Valley Hospital, Medford, Oregon

 

PUBLISHED FEATURE ARTIST:

2013 February, Artist to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine

2013 April, American Art Collector Magazine

2010 August, International Artist

2008 Winter Edition, Pastelagram, Pastel Society of America

2006 January, Tempo, Medford Mail Tribune

2004 June Issue, The Pastel Journal

2004 May Issue, American Artist

 

JUROR:

2016 S. Oregon Artists Society,  Annual Exhibit

2005–2010 Quarterly Juror, Rogue Gallery, Medford, Oregon

2009 Pastel 100, The Pastel Journal, Portrait/Figurative Category

2005 Plein Air Painters of the North States and Shasta Land Trust

 

COMMISSIONS:

2016, Portrait, Rogue Valley Messenger

2015, Portrait, Evan Wilson

2014 Figures in Landscape, Jim and Kris Hess

2013 Portrait, Knude and Dorthe Hansen

2012 Portrait, Jim and Kris Hess

2011 Family Portrait, Jim and Kris Hess

2010 Figurative Western Scene, Bruke and Judy Hamilton

 

2017 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

American Impressionist Society Small Works Exhibit, California

Oil Painters of America 26th National Exhibit, Ohio

2016 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Wheels and Landscapes, Adelante Gallery, Oregon

Favell Museum, Art Show and Sale, Oregon

Women Artists of the West, Texas

 

2015 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Figurative Exhibit, Cole Gallery, Washington

Women Artist’s of the West 46th National, Tucson, Arizonia

Favell Museum Art Show and Sale, Oregon

 

2014 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Pastel Society of America 42nd, New York

American Impressionist Society 15th, Colorado

Featured Artist, Cole Gallery, Washington

Women Artist’s of the West, California

Favell Museum, Art Show and Sale, Oregon

 

2013 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, Kansas

Favell Museum, Art Show and Sale, Oregon

 

2012 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, Colorado

American Impressionist Society 13th, Illinois

Women Artist’s of the West, Hanna Gallery, Texas

 

2011 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Women Artists of the West 41st, Texas

International Association of Pastel Societies 18th, New Mexico

American Impressionist Society 28th, California

Pastel Society of America 39th, New York

Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, California

Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

 

2010 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Northwest Pastel Society Juried International, Washington

Pastel Society of America 38, New York

American Impressionist Society 11th, Tennessee

Women Artists of the West, California

 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS:

2017 Donna Trent Workshop, Washington

2015 Figure in the Environment, Donna Trent Studio, Washington

2014 Cole Gallery, Figure in the Environment, Washington

2012 Artist’s Showplace Workshop, Huston, Texas

 2011-2015 Figures and Faces, Medford, Oregon

2010 Pastel Figures and Faces:

—LaConner Art Workshops, Washington

—Favell Museum, Oregon

—Rogue Gallery, Oregon

—Ann Arbor, Michigan

2009 Pastel Portraits and Figures:

—Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Oregon

2008 Portraits and Figures:

—LaConner Art Workshops, Washington

—Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Oregon

2005–2007 Portraits and Figures:

—Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Oregon

—Cloudcroft Workshops, New Mexico

2006 Best of the Best—Portraits, SOU, Oregon

 

MAJOR AWARDS:

2016 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Full Page Ad Award

2015 Best Portrait, Women Artist’s of the West, Tucson, AZ

2013 1st Place, Women Artist’s of the West, Fredericksburg, TX

2012 2nd Place, 13th American Impressionist Society

2011 Award of Merit, International Association of Pastel Societies,

New Mexico

2011 1st Place, Women Artists of the West, Texas

2010 3rd Place, Women Artists of the West, California

2009 4th Place & Award of Merit, Pastel 100, Portrait/Figurative

Category, The Pastel Journal

2008 Award of Merit, American Women Artists

2008 Finalist, Artist’s Magazine 25th Competition

2008 3rd Place, Northwest Pastel Society’s International

2007 Member’s Choice, Women Artist’s of the West

2007 2nd Place, Northwest Pastel Society’s International

2006 Cash award, Taiwan Center 2nd Annual

2005 Finalist, Artist’s Magazine 22nd Competition

2005 Kitty Wallis Award, Pastel Society of America 33rd