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Renée enjoys painting representational style to portray personal narratives. Each flower is unique and only shines its beauty for a brief time but by painting it gives the flower a forever presence and each painting represents a story or feeling.
All Paintings are Acrylic on Stretched Canvas and ready to hang using attached wire on the back
Paintings start at $500 each
#39 PEONY TULIPS; SERENDIPITY 20X20
#35 PINK HYDRANGEA: THIRST FOR LIFE 12X12
#26 DAHLIA; DELIGHT 12X12
#28 DAHLIA; JOY 12X12
#38 TULIPS; RISE WITH ENTHUSIASM 16X16
#37 PHLOX; WHITE DELIGHT 12X12
#27 DAHLIA; INNER STRENGTH 12X12
#29 DAHLIA; DISTINCTION I 12X12
#33 BLUE HYDRANGEA; SEEKING HAPPINESS 12X12
#34 YELLOW ROSE; SEARCHING FOR LOVE 12X12
#40 JATROPHA INTEGERRIMA; PEREGRINATION 12X12
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CURRENT WORKS OF ART IN PROGRESS
Please consider following Renée on Instagram if you would like to see works in progress. She usually posts photos as she creates two or three times each week. Instagram: artbyreneeswitkes
"My husband and I love to wake up to these three pieces that we acquired from Renee Switkes. They brighten our living area with color and joy. It was a pleasure buying from Renee. She delivered the art all packaged and protected in beautiful boxes. It was a delight to open them and see the art."
"Our family is blessed with one of Renee’s beautiful paintings. We purchased one last year to adorn my office. Every morning I get to view that beautiful art piece and its gives me that shot of inspiration and vigor that I need to be my best. It also helps that the artist is one of the most generous and supportive persons I have ever met."
"I bought one of Renee's paintings as a reward to myself for hitting a business goal. I am in awe of painting style. It's so realistic and vibrant. I couldn't find the right place for it in my office and rushing one day I set it on the wall behind the chair I sit in. The next time I jumped on a video call I noticed it was perfectly placed behind me. My client on the other end of the video call gets to see a beautiful piece of art and I see it as well. it is a perfect reminder that if I set my mind to it, I can reach my goal and it will result in beautiful things. Now I've got my mind set on the next painting I want from her, I just have to reach the next goal I've set. I can get used to this."
BIO OF THE ARTIST
Californian born, Renée Switkes graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Preparation for Teaching and a Minor in Studio Art. She enjoys teaching the love of art to children of all ages. When she is not teaching she is painting in her little backyard studio.
Renée’s current focus is expressing her feelings through the language of flowers. She loves color, light, shadow, and the shapes created by these and paints these details using acrylic on stretched canvas. She enjoys going to places like the San Jose Municipal Rose garden, local nurseries, and Filoli Garden to take photos of flowers. She will then choose a photo that inspires her, manipulate it on the computer and then use the photo for reference for painting the flower on canvas. Each flower is unique and only shines its beauty for a brief time but by painting it gives the flower a forever presence and each painting represents a story or feeling. Renée calls her style ‘painterly photographic’ because the flowers she paints almost look photographic but have a touch of painterly expression.
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Renée's inspiration to paint flowers is because of two important people: Phyllis Semple and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Renée started out painting flowers because it was a way to connect with Phyllis Semple who had suddenly passed away. Phyllis had encouraged her to go to college and to pursue her passion for art. Phyllis took away Renée’s self doubt and filled her up with encouragement. Phyllis loved flowers and had wonderful gardens. As Renée’s painting collection of flowers has grown so has the use of flowers to express different feelings.
Renée loves Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and that she was an independent woman who did not let the ideas of others squash her own unique ideas. Despite traditional mindsets O'Keeffe was able to be successful. So like O’Keeffe, Renée paints flowers as the single subject and up close, but unlike her, Renée likes to focus on light, shadow, details, and a way to express feelings.