Irene Eberhard

While I was working on it, I was so immersed, I didn’t hear or see anything else. It was my first real portrait, and I applied everything I had learned about form, depth, and values.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND?
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I was studying fashion design in England, I had to do fashion sketching, so I took a few life drawing and gesture classes. I didn’t study art again until 2013, when we moved to New Hampshire. Coastal New England reminded me of England because of the vibrant art scene, and that revived my creative interests. I took an oil painting class in Bath with MECA&D alum Eric Glass ’80. Around this time, I also took a Color Study class through Continuing Studies with instructor Janet Manyan. Following these classes, I tried a year of plein air painting, but I found it incredibly frustrating. At the end of that year, I remembered Eric sharing with me that students at MECA&D are required to take a year of life drawing. So I decided to take a life drawing class and signed up for Principles of Observational Drawing with Joshua Langstaff.

HOW DID YOUR CONTINUING STUDIES CLASSES HELP YOU IN YOUR PROGESSION AS AN ARTIST?
I really value the challenges and the feedback I received in my Continuing Studies classes. Both instructors provided a high level of instruction, presented students with problems to solve, and helped guide us to a good outcome.

CAN YOU TELL ME A LITLE ABOUT YOUR PAINTING, PR, WHICH WAS AWARDED BEST IN SHOW IN CREATE IV?
PR stands for Philip Roth—the author. I drew this piece from a photo I found of Roth in The New York Times Magazine. Getting the outline and proportions right was the hardest part. It took me about 60 hours to complete. While I was working on it, I was so immersed, I didn’t hear or see anything else. It was my first real portrait, and I applied everything I had learned about form, depth, and values.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS AROUND CREATING + ART MAKING?
I’m currently doing life drawing with a group of other artists in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We meet once a week and share a model. I’m very inspired by working on portraits and feel like I can see where I am improving. I am hoping to try painting again at some point and look forward to taking another CS class in the new year, perhaps to explore my relationship to color.

Image: Irene Eberhard, PR, graphite on paper, 2015