Eileen Lyons is a fourth-generation painter. A resident of Jupiter, FL, she previously lived and worked as an artist and arts educator in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area for more than 20 years. Her work has been intimately shaped by the changes in her environment and by the experiences that come with each new stage of life.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Lyons lived her life by the water, drawing and internalizing the natural settings around her. As a teenager, she moved to West Palm Beach, FL, where she attended adult drawing classes at the Norton Museum of Art. She received a BFA in painting from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. After graduation, she moved to Germany, where she concentrated on cartography, technical drawing and illustration for the United States government.
Upon her return from Europe, Lyons lived and worked in New York City for several years before settling into the Washington, DC area. Lyons graduated from the American University in Washington, DC and received an MA in Museum Studies/Visual Art. Her work developed through master’s-level drawing and painting classes at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. While building a new body of work, Lyons also attended the University of Virginia, where she earned certification to teach secondary education. She taught high school studio art in Washington, DC, for decades.
Lyons moved back “home” to Florida in the summer of 2018. She is now painting full-time from her studio in Jupiter and conducts adult painting classes and workshops at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL and at Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. For many years, Lyons was on staff as a Teaching Artist for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and has led workshops at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. She has been awarded painting residencies in Maine, Spain and most recently in Ireland where she experienced an intensive month-long residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry. Her work is exhibited widely and can be found in many private and corporate collections across the United States, Canada and Ireland.