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Ilene Meyer was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 30, 1939. Her first claim to artistic fame came at age seven when she was invited to place a piece of her artwork in the Alki time capsule at Alki Point, WA. Ilene, inspired as a child by her mother's artwork, was self-taught. At the age of thirty, Ilene dedicated her life to the pursuit of her art.
She made her professional debut by exhibiting at science fiction convention art shows in California and the Northwest in the mid-1970s.
She painted covers for a variety of publishers, including a series of dustjackets for the collected letters of Philip K. Dick as published by Underwood-Miller. In the 1980s she switched her focus to fine art and the gallery market, for which she created Meyerworld, a fantasy universe of her own creation. Ilene's art covers a broad spectrum of subjects, from real animals and florals to imaginary creatures and peoples. Precisely rendered in rich and vivid colors, all of her works carry messages which vary according to the imaginations of the viewer.
Ilene describes her reason for painting simply: "Life is beauty. There is nothing in this world that is too ugly not to deserve our attention—and that is why I struggle when I paint. Everything on the canvas demands that I put my entire being into it. My paintings are my soul, spirit, and mind, a balanced world of emotions and calculations. I push myself to the limit to find every skill and magic possible in order to create the ultimate result. Like a birth, my work is painful, wearying, but also rewarding."
She died on June 3, 2009 at Gig Harbor, Washington.