Eileen Monaghan Whitaker was Born in Holyoke, Mass., Nov. 22, 1911. Eileen Monaghan studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and then worked in New York City as an artist and art director. She would always paint from her heart. Eileen loved to paint with water color just like her husband Frederick Whitaker. The meet on Valentine’s Day 1943 at an opening reception for his one-man show in New York City and got married in 1950. In 1953, Mrs. Whitaker was elected to the American Watercolor Society. When her husband died in 1980 at the age of 82, Mrs. Whitaker suffered a prolonged malaise. It took her at least two years to get back on track. When she resumed painting, her paintings took on a pronounced darkness. Her and her husband each won 150 awards for their artwork. Her most prestigious honors was the Walter Biggs Memorial Award, presented in 1987 by what was then the National Academy of Design. Sadly in 2005 Eileen Monaghan Whitaker died at the age of 94 by natural causes. I think that her art always tells a story. That is why I chose Eileen Monaghan Whitaker.