Eileen Downey was born San Francisco and received her art education at UC Berkeley with B.A. and M.A. degrees in painting. There she studied under Karl Kasten, Erle Loran, and John Haley and was greatly influenced in figurative style painting by her teacher, David Park. Prior to that she studied painting with Ruben Tam at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. Later in her career, she returned to the academic world to receive an M.A. in drama. As a representational painter in the gestural style, her subjects are landscape, figures, and figures in landscape. Ms. Downey's work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, she has exhibited nationally and internationally.