Eileen Gillespie was born in New York City and has lived and worked as a professional artist in New York City, Boston, Connecticut and Maine. She spent a year in Rome as a European Honors Program recipient at Rhode Island School of Design, for which she earned her BFA. Her time in Rome marked the genesis of a career long interest in architecture, structure in nature and a sense of place as a subject for her drawings and paintings. She continues to create work based on place. The places she lives, walks, or travels to. She received her MFA in painting at the University of Pennsylvania. Gillespie’s awards include Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, The Hambidge Center, The Vermont Studio Center and a Fellowship at the Carina House on Monhegan Island, Maine. She is the recipient of a 2004 Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is currently based in Maine working in her studio and raising a teenager with her husband Tim Fahey and dog named Daisy.