Eileen Lyons



Eileen Lyons is a fourth-generation painter. A resident of Jupiter, Florida, she previously lived and worked as an artist and arts educator in the Washington, DC area for more than 20 years. Her work has been intimately shaped by the changes in her environment and stages of her life. Growing up on Long Island, Lyons internalized the natural setting of life by the ocean. As a teen, her family moved to West Palm Beach where she attended adult drawing classes at the Norton Gallery of Art. She received a BFA in painting from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. After graduation, she moved to Germany, where she concentrated on technical drawing, illustration, and cartography for the United States Government. Lyons finds that this experience continues to inform her work today, through her use of nautical charts, maps, and aerial perspectives. Historically, Lyons has been an abstract oil painter but also works in acrylics and watercolors. Her work focuses on the concept of a place where natural elements meet the land. Her process begins with fluid and gestural under-paintings slowly adding multiple layers of transparent paint with dense patterning often forming aerial views of significant places. The result is a mapping of her intuitive process where chaos meets order. Curators have described her work as a layered landscape. Lyons graduated from American University in Washington, DC, with an MA in Museum Studies. Her artwork continued to develop through master’s-level painting classes at the Corcoran School of Art + Design with world-renowned artists William Christenberry and Steve Cushner. Lyons also earned her Arts Education Certification from the University of Virginia. Lyons returned home to Florida in 2018. She has taught at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, has led workshops at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and has been a Teaching Artist for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC since 2015. Lyons was selected to create several site-specific corporate installations in Washington, DC. She has completed artist residencies in Galicia, Spain, and Monhegan, Maine, and was recently awarded a three-week residency for March 2023 at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in County Kerry, Ireland. Her work is exhibited widely and can be found in many private and corporate collections in the United States and Canada.

Website: http://www.eileenlyonsart.com

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