About Aileen

I have always been an artist! Some earliest memories are of recording my surroundings with whatever marking tool I could get my hands on! While being raised in a large family on Narragansett Bay, I managed to slip away and find quiet places to draw and paint. As a teen, I spent summers studying art at RISD. In High School, I was fascinated watching my Commercial Art Teacher, Mr. Jim Corrigan, use a lettering quill to practice the art of hand lettering. Butera School of Art in Boston was where I chose to spend two years learning the many facets of the art of sign painting. Upon graduating in the early 80’s, the trade took me in many different directions. Working in a variety sign companies, I learned alongside the finest of craftsmen between 1979 through 2000. There were not many women in the field during those years and I was dubbed a pioneer by a manager at the MBTA. My priority for art was put on hold while raising my two creative sons, Ian and Aidan, who have always encouraged me to paint. The Fine Arts have always been my passion, In 2013, I began ‘The Fresh Palette’ Painting Studio, (see Home Page) at ASRI’s Nature Center at the Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge in Coventry, RI. I have been enjoying chipping away at earning a Certificate in Painting Studies at Risd in Providence and its satellite locations in Westerly and Barrington. 

I’ve also had the privilege of teaching a variety of art workshops for children, teens and adults at the Coventry Public and Greene Libraries www.coventrylibrary.org  As well as at The Warwick Center for the Arts, www.warwickcfa.org the former Warwick Museum, where I currently can be found working as Office Manager and sharing my love of watercolor painting. On my own, I prefer painting the many atmospheres of New England ‘en plain air whenever the opportunity presents! 

Currently pursuing Certification in Painting Studies at Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, RI

Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. www.westerlyarts.com

Warwick Center for the Arts. www.warwickcfa.org

East Greenwich Art Club. Planning Coordinator, 2018 www.eastgreenwichartclub.org 

Former Member Board of Directors, Warwick Center for the Arts; 1992-1996, 2016-2020

Member, IBPAT; International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades. 1983-1995

Viewers Choice;  ‘Into the Mist’  June, 2019; ACGOW

Jurors Award; ‘Perfect Storm’ July, 2020; Wickford Art Association “Art of the Ocean State”

IBPAT; Local 391, District Council 35, International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades. 1983-1995

Artist Member Wickford Art Association and RI Watercolor Society