Artist Profile

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Irene Schlesinger

Novato, Ca

Creating stories and celebrating the connections between color, texture, and mediums is what I do.
My primary focus is creating on canvas combining embroidery with acrylic mediums.
I also paint, quilt, mosaic, and create outdoor installations.
I am often asked why I feature skulls and there just isn't a simple explanation. I didn’t always relate to skulls and like some who may be reading this, I thought they were creepy.
As I approached mid-life, I was increasingly grief-struck by a few personal losses. I started thinking about Dia de Los Muertos and felt a strong desire to stitch my first skull.
Stitching requires time. There is no way to fill a canvas with stitches without having to sit and work at it. With each stitch, I’m thinking about my subject, if the skull is not based on a personal loss of someone, then I give him/her their own story enhanced and celebrated with color and design.



Born in Los Angeles, raised on the San Francisco peninsula and now, living in the North Bay.
Studied Fine Arts at local colleges- CCAC and SFSU. Learned stitching from my grandmother when I was 5 years old and never stopped.
I also paint, make mosaics and currently creating an outdoor installation of crystal curtains.
I have exhibited and sold art around the USA and throughout San Francisco Bay Area including Oakland, San Jose, and Palo Alto.
Thanks for checking me out.

My Artwork

The Crystal Trellis, Belmont, California

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Mirrored Bridge, Belmont, California

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Rosemary with her angels and orbs

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Not Fade Away

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Dreamers in Spring

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The Happiest Couple

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The Daydreamer

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Ester con Ojos verde

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Dreamers Pool, Belmont, California

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Garden Catrina

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