When Irena Raulinaitis was a high school student in Chicago, her art teacher recommended her for an art class at the Chicago Art Institute, and a few years later, a small watercolor was exhibited in a juried show at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Then followed university studies, marriage, children, a Master's degree in chemistry, and professional work as a chemist. A chance reading of Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain reawakened her interest in art and she started attending art classes at the Glendale Community College.
Since then, she has exhibited as a printmaker in group shows, solo and two-person shows in the Los Angeles area, in Flagstaff, Arizona and in the Chicago area.
 
Her work is included in many collections in the United States and abroad.
Work featured in:
“Lithuanian Artists in North America” published by Galerija, 1994
“Lituanus”— arts and sciences quarterly journal published in English, 1998
“Contemporary Lithuanian Art in USA: Present Dialogues”— National M.K. Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas, 2009