Rene was born in South Africa and immigrated to Australia when she was 18. She completed a Certificate in Illustration in 1997 at the Melbourne School of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking) at La Trobe University, Bendigo in 2001. In 2005 she completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) at Deakin University, Burwood. After teaching for several years she decided in 2012 to leave teaching and pursue a more creative career.
I have a strong passion for bold, playful, innovative and colorful images inspired by nature and animals. I delight in exploring pattern and symmetry – flipping, tracing, enlarging, reducing and playing around with shapes and images to create bold, graphic images. As an illustrator and printmaker, my style is focused on creating things by hand through my preferred medium of vinyl or linoleum cuts, with the occasional experimentation in collagraphs. I recently started exploring creating images through the mediums of collage, mixed media and incorporating stitching on my prints.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY