At some point in her golfing career, Renee says she realized she wasn’t going to become a pro. So Renee left the path she had been following for one that took her in a new and very different direction. At least it was a new direction for the adult Renee. “When I was little,” Renee remembers, “I bought clay and sat for hours sculpting animals and people. It was something I really enjoyed.” When the time came for a change in her life, Renee knew that sculpting was something she had always wanted to do.

Despite the lack of any formal training, Renee soon found herself making molds for bronzes and even teaching classes herself. After a year in the studio, she decided to go it alone. “I let my hands guide me,” Renee says, “and most important, I believed in what I was doing.”

In the years since, Renee’s sculptures have earned her recognition and numerous awards throughout the United States. Utilizing the ancient lost wax method, her creations are initially created in clay, then cast in bronze. Though self taught, she has the natural and specialized ability to balance the likenesses of humans and animals in a single conceptual design. On a less theoretical level, she says simply that she loves “creating artwork that people are moved by, pieces that they can relate to.” One of her recent successes on that score was the creation of the winning design for the War Dog Team Memorial, which honors dogs that have served in war.

In 2007 Renee moved to the Chicago area where she continues to pursue her very successful career. “The community reminds me of the town in Florida where I grew up,” says Renee. Perhaps that similarity is what continues to inspire the creative child that guided Renee to her life’s work. “I’m anxious to get out of bed in the morning and go to work in my studio,” she says. “When I walk into my studio I lose track of the world and time stands still.”


“Medal of Honor”, American Artists Professional League, Grand Exhibition
“Charlotte Dunwiddie Memorial Award”, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Annual Exhibition
“Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award”, American Artists Professional League, Grand Exhibition
“Elliot Liskin Memorial Award”, Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition
“Medal of Honor”, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 100th Annual Exhibition
“Anna Hyatt Huntington Memorial Award”, American Artists Professional League, Grand National Exhibition
“Best in Show”, Pen & Brush, Annual Sculpture Exhibition
“Chilmark Award”, National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition
“C.L.W.A.C. President’s Award” Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition
“Best in Show” Safari Club International on the Wild Side


Winnebago County Emergency Responders 911 Memorial, Rockford, IL
South Carolina War Dog Memorial, Columbia, S.C
Hanover Park War Dog Memorial, Hanover Park, IL
DeKalb County Court House Relief Signature Seal, Sycamore, IL
Three Twice life-size Huskies, Northern Illinois University
Oregon Park District Possum, Oregon, IL
Hugo Frog, Hugo Frog Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL
Sycamore High School Heroic Size Sculpture honoring Pete Johnson, Sycamore, IL
Life-size Signature Sculpture for Hibel Museum of Art, Abacoa, FL
Winner of National War Dod Team Memorial, National Commission, Washington, DC
Life-size Sculpture Honoring George Cornell, Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach, FL
Mather Memorial Plaza, Public Art Commission, Veteran’s Medical Plaza, Mather, CA
Shands Arts in Medicine, Public Art Commission
Texas A&M Alumni Commission, Public Art Commission
Public Art Monument Commission, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Acquisition Permanent Collection
Private Commission for the Sultanate of Oman
Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Milford, PA
The Billfish Foundation, Miami, FL


Society of Animal Artists, President
American Artists Professional League
American Society of Marine Artists
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
National Museum of Woman in the Arts
Pen and Brush, Inc.
Who’s Who in the World
Worldwide Nature Artists Group, Signature Member

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