Ahearn grew up in rural central New Jersey, next to a farm field that first sprouted potatoes then condominiums. After finding her husband in the Princeton Packet classifieds, she relocated to coastal Massachusetts just south of Boston, where she later gave birth to two more helpful art critics. In 2011, she decided to focus solely on painting and began the first of many continuing education classes and workshops because as the saying goes, the more you know, the more you know you need to know more.

Ahearn’s work shifts between abstraction and representation. Her objective in painting is “to share the shapes and colors of things that inspire me for reasons of simple beauty.” Ahearn works mostly from direct observation. Whatever she is painting, much time will be spent on careful looking. She strives to paint honestly by painting what is seen, not assumed, or based on a formula. In doing so, a true sense of light and space are realized. Ahearn has won awards in both local and national juried shows. In addition to participation in numerous juried and invitational group shows, she has also held solo shows. Artists that Ahearn has found inspiring include Gwen Johns, Matisse, Robert Motherwell, John Singer Sargent, Nicholas de Stael, and Euan Uglow.