Irene Neal has been interested in creative processes since a child. She remembers when she was about six gathering weeds and leaves to make “flower” arrangements for her Mother. As the oldest of eight children, she learned very early in life that you have three choices: 1) you bought what you wanted, 2) you made what you wanted, and 3) you did without. Her Dad was a laborer and there was never enough money and it’s not fun to do without. So she became creative out of necessity, and enjoys every minute of it. Never buy something if you can make it. Irene loves giving and sharing.
Irene has two grown daughters, a terrific son-in-law and the joy and light of her life, an eleven year old grandson. She also has a very hyper white Chihuahua named “Sam”. Currently, she is the president of the Rainier League of Art Club, and volunteers at the Fred Oldfield Heritage Center at the Puyallup fairgrounds as a babysitter for single parents while they work, etc.
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