Artwork of the Day: I'll Think About It, Ilene Richard

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “I’ll Think About It,” a 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas by Artexpo New York 2012 exhibitor Ilene Richard. Ilene Richard, I'll Think About itIlene has been drawing and painting “fun little characters” for as long as she can remember. And after being introduced to children’s book illustration at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, she knew that was going to be the basis for her career.

Ilene has since worked on many children’s books with most of America’s biggest publishing houses. Additional training at the DeCordova Museum School and the Museum School in Boston helped her on her parallel path as a fine artist. A couple dancing; a group of strangers standing next to each other in a crowded room — these are the seemingly undramatic moments that Ilene brings vividly to life with electric colors, fanciful stylization and a resonant emotional connection between her subjects:

Working as a children’s book illustrator and painter, it is important to me to create a narrative quality to my work, and draw the viewer more easily into my world.


Ilene Richard's booth at Miami SOLO 2011

Ilene develops her images methodically, but is guided entirely by her innate, creative sensibility. Starting from a sketch with a strong layout and design, she moves to the canvas and starts the painting process when she feels excited about the concept. Ilene never premeditates her remarkable color selections. Instead, she layers more and color onto the canvas as the work evolves. Only as the painting’s design, vibrant palette and storyline begin to cohere and create a sense of balance is Ilene assured that she is on the right track — that the image is truly her own.

Ilene Richard has exhibited her paintings throughout New England, as well as in Artexpo’s Miami [SOLO] show, while her illustration appears in books by Random House, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press, Scholastic and other publishers. Now, as a Charter Member of Artexpo Studio, Ilene is offering museum-quality giclees of her originals at

We’re quite pleased that Ilene is coming to Artexpo New York 2012, where her stylish, infectiously fun paintings will be at Pier 92 from March 22-25! For now, find her online at and

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