About Irene

About Irene

Irene’s love affair with beauty began in childhood.

irene hilbert, artist and paint party teacher

Growing up in New York City, Irene spent much time noticing the array of colors, patterns, and textures of the world around her. The streets were alive with music and art. Growing up in the 60’s was an exciting time. She felt the excitement and energy of the city and would visit Inwood Park, the Cloisters, museums and Greenwich Village. It wasn’t until years later that she discovered the artist within her.

Her artwork expresses a connection with primal elements: darkness, light, shadow, anger, fear, war, peace, intimacy, distance. She uses watercolor, watercolor ink, acrylic, pastels, collage.

Irene was born in Manhattan and holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Hartford, is an Early Childhood Specialist, and taught pre-K through first grade for thirty years in N.Y.C. and CT. Mostly a self-taught artist for ten years, she has studied watercolor, collage, acrylics and pastels with various artists. Now retired from teaching, she enjoys creating artwork in her studio in Windsor. As a member of the Women’s Artist Collective, Windsor Palette and Brush and the Tobacco

Irene teaches at Duncaster and is a member of the Valley Artist Association and the Windsor Palette and Brush Club. She participates in local art shows regularly. Her work has won several awards in local shows.

Irene believes creativity is life’s energy and God’s gift to us. Being open to its influence can reveal powerful changes to one’s life.

Her recent exhibit entitled “Healing Art” at Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut shows the joy she feels when creating art and its transformational and healing capabilities.

Irene’s been married for 47 years to her high school sweetheart and they have two children and two grandchildren who love art.