Lois Eakin was born and grew up in the Chicago area. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, she developed a successful Graphic Design career. At the same time, she pursued her lifelong love of painting. While active in local and regional arts organizations, she studied drawing and painting at Chicago's School of the Art Institute and the Palette and Chisel.
Lois paints objects that interest her for their uniqueness, not necessarily an acknowledged beauty. As an artist, she admires and is inspired by the paintings of Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer, 18th century painter Chardin, and also contemporary still life painter David Leffel.
Lois uses the technique of chiaroscuro, creating a mood in her paintings by building up the paint in the highlights against transparent paint in the shadows. Lois carefully sculpts her paintings by paying attention to color, value and edges. She prefers the style of realism, believing it gives the viewer an opportunity to look not once, but many times at the same painting, each time seeing something new.