Ilene Curts Still Life Painting

Photograph of Painter Ilene Curts Studio

I am a Michigan native, but grew up in Indiana where I attended Ball State
University. I lived in Cambridge Massachusetts for eight years in my twenties
and belonged to the Boston Visual Artist’s Union. During those years I visited
Italy, France and Great Britain. While living in Cambridge I took advantage
of open life drawing studios to continue to study line and shape and at that
time the figure.

I moved to Michigan and have spent the majority of my life here. I began to
paint still life paintings when I first set up a studio on a farm where I was
living. I’ve been married to another artist, Bruce Thayer, for 25 years and we
have a home with studio space in the Michigan countryside . I have followed in
the steps of Contemporary realism. I enjoy the abstract nature of painting,
and the quality of the paint itself. I use a lot of objects from the forties
and fifties for their design. Objects carry on them potent bits of color,
wear, memory, and character. I like to paint familiar objects in a non
traditional setting to challenge myself to find visual ideas but continue
to explore tradition as well.