I grew up in a close knit suburb of Chicago. I can remember spending my summers sitting at the picnic table in the backyard, passing time by sketching from magazines. My mother worked in warehouses and father worked at for a shipping company. In high school my parents encouraged me to pursue a career that would make me self sufficient. And so it was…. I found academics to be easy, and although my first inclination for career was interior design, with little persuasion became an engineer.
The artist in me really budded in the fall of 2001 when taking an oil painting class at Phoenix College. I absolutely fell in love with painting. It felt so natural. I was home. Unfortunately, after a few classes, I started traveling out of state for work which lasted 2 years. When I returned to Phoenix, I was excited to continue…. Or better yet…begin to take art classes. I enrolled in various courses at the Shemer Art Center, the Phoenix Center of the Arts and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. I attempted other mediums, but have been really fond of oils. In the fall of 2006, I was introduced to collage.
As for subject matter, I find my inspiration in life. My paintings attempt to capture that energy of that brief moment of time. It varies from portrait, to landscape, to cityscape, and in essence is my personal connection to that time. Thank you for sharing yours.
To learn more about Aileen, please visit her website, www.aileenfrick.com.