About Renee


I was born in Chicago in 1950 and raised in Iowa. My mother was an art teacher at the University of Illinois and a children’s book illustrator who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. My dad was a commercial artist, sculpture and painter who studied at the Chicago Art Institute.

I showed promise for art at an early age and developed a passion for it all through high school and into college. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 1973 majoring in intaglio printmaking and drawing. I studied with world renown Mauricio Lasanky and Virginia Myers and was recipient of the Graham Miller Scholarship.

From there I began a long career in graphic design and travelled up the ranks to become Art Director at a Bay Area magazine. I maintained a studio all that time while raising a family and when my daughter got old enough I turned to art and writing in earnest while working full time. I taught art in the after school and summer programs in Central Iowa and at the YMCA there. I am a featured blogger for the online version of Capper’s Farmer and have written creative non-fiction articles for Grit magazine.

I have won numerous awards for my artwork including Best of Show and Honorable Mentions. In the last 4 years I have exhibited at the Orland Art Center, Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Annual Western Art Show and Chico Art Center in juried shows. I am in a “by invitation only” show as a featured artist at the Orland Art Center next March 2017.

I took up pastel drawing about 10 years ago and although I enjoy many other mediums such as pencil, acrylics, oil and charcoal I have never looked back. It is my medium.