|René grew up in contemporary architecture rich Columbus, IN and studied Fine Art [Printmaking] at Indiana University as well as The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently creates in Indianapolis, IN USA.|
My style is heavily influenced by the discipline of silkscreen printmaking and is a simple study of contour line defining [often raised] blocks of color.
The paintings are of easily recognizable subjects [primarily florals] and are often narrative, employing a variety of symbols that are sometimes camouflaged. Examples include a bird, heart, lips, embryo, halo, as well as elements that are figurative or animalistic.
white series (2009-present)
Removing color from the equation allows me to focus solely on process and line, resulting in work that is elegant while maintaining a sense of modern; subdued as opposed to the more exotic burst of color the clear-coated carbon fiber works provide.
carbon fiber works (2006-present)
Draw from 5 years of experience working in the motorsports industry and are an exploration of
painting with some of the same materials and processes used to create Indycars. With a background in printmaking, it feels natural to me to work in this manner and I am fascinated with depicting something as organic and fragile as a flower on such a high-tech, sustainable surface.
car portraits (2005-2006)
The inspiration for my car portraits began in 2005, with the first painting made for a favorite uncle. Suffering from Alzheimers and uncommunicative for weeks, he saw a 1949 Ford coming at us on the road, and this iconic image stimulated a 3-hour conversation and lots of memories. It was a powerful experience!
The first carbon fiber painting was a car portrait, created by invitation for inclusion in the NASCAR Inspired exhibit at the Hickory [NC] Museum of art in 2006.
I am currently painting car portraits on a commission only basis, with these projects starting at $250.
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