résumé

renée

After graduating from Seattle University, renée freelanced as a graphic designer, began working for a start-up company, later branching out on her own in marketing and graphic design for the real estate industry.  A few years later, she received a catalog for Pratt Fine Arts Center where she noticed a class for beginning stone carving and signed up immediately! After years of self-taught reductive sculpture techniques, at Pratt she learned about and had access to the right tools and the types of stone that could be carved.

Renée's infatuation with stone was solidified by meeting members of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) with a common interest, willing to share their knowledge, loan a tool, observing how sculptors set up carving areas and admiring the variety of abstract and realism in stone. She joined the NWSSA, received a quarterly Journal and was exposed to even more methods of carving through interviews and learning about other artists who shared the love of carving stone. Through an email list, members could post questions, frustrations, solutions, polishing and sealing techniques and tool critiques amongst each other.

A few years later, a post came across that NWSSA was considering hiring a virtual assistant. Renée applied even before they had a full job description pulled together. She was able to prove that her marketing skills, graphic design background plus her love of stone carving would be beneficial for both, and has worked as their virtual office assistant and symposium registrar for over 5 years. Through this position, renée is fortunate to meet and learn from local sculptors as well as internationally respected artists.


education

Seattle University graduate magna cum laude     major: fine arts    minor: art history

Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) international stone carving symposia;
Pilgrim Firs, Port Orchard, Washington 2017, 2018, 2019
Suttle Lake, Sisters, Oregon; 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Camp Brotherhood, Mount Vernon, Washington; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon;  2012, 2013, 2014

Hand Carving Workshop, Port Hadlock, Washington; 2017, 2018, 2019
Hand Carving Workshop, Karla Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, Washington; 2015, 2016

Stone Fest, Marenakos Stone Center, Preston, Washington; 2011

Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington; stone carving I; stone carving II


honors & awards
1st Place, 3-D 2019 Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Arts Festival Juried Show
3rd Place, 3-D 2019 Arts of the Terrace Juried Show

exhibitions

2019 CURRENT & UPCOMING
Sept 21-Oct 5     41st Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Show, Mountlake Terrace, WA

2019 
Feb      Northwest Flower and Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
June    Women's Weekend, NWSSA Group Show, Port Hadlock, WA
June    Volunteer Park,  NWSSA Group Show, Seattle, WA
June    Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Festival, Shoreline, WA
July     Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA 
Aug     Suttle Lake Camp & Conference Center, Sisters

2018 
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Women's Weekend, NWSSA Group Show, Port Hadlock, WA
Volunteer Park,  NWSSA Group Show, Seattle, WA
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center, Port Orchard, WA
NWSSA Show at Suttle Lake, Sisters, OR
Sisters Gallery and Frame, Sisters, OR  

2017
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Skulpt Pop-Up Gallery,  NWSSA Group show, Oak Harbor, WA
Women's Weekend, NWSSA Group Show, Port Hadlock, WA
Volunteer Park,  NWSSA Group Show, Seattle, WA
Camp Pilgrim Firs, NWSSA Group Show, Port Orchard, WA
Suttle Lake, NWSSA Group show, Sisters, OR
Skulpt Too Gallery, Oak Harbor, WA
Arts on the Terrace, Juried Show, Mountlake Terrace, WA

2016
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Volunteer Park,  NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Camp Brotherhood, NWSSA Group show, Mt Vernon, WA 
Suttle Lake, NWSSA Group show, Sisters, OR

2015
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA 
Occidental Square, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Volunteer Park,  NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA
Camp Brotherhood, NWSSA Group show, Mt Vernon, WA 
Suttle Lake, NWSSA Group show, Sisters, OR

2014
Northwest Flower & Garden Show, NWSSA Group show, Seattle, WA 
Camp Brotherhood, NWSSA Group show, Mt Vernon, WA