Accomplished painter and sculptor, Renee Vance [American – born 1954] is best known for her life-like and ethereal portraits. At times, Vance’s iconic portraits have honored such historical figures as Rodin’s pupil and lover, Camille Claudel (1864-1938), a Yankton Nakota writer, educator and classical violinist. Using the carefully honed skills acquired while studying art and scientific /medical illustration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Vance applies sensitive brush strokes and gold leaf backgrounds to execute her portraits, Realistic and classical with a luminous quality, her renditions of people from various cultural backgrounds honor diversity as well as universality. “Through my art, I focus on connectedness of humankind. I want to pay tribute to the physical as well as the spiritual attributes of my subjects.” For the past twenty-five years, she has Exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina; her work is in many private and public collections. Vance’s home and studio are in a remote desert area in Southern Arizona.
“I have always been aware of a connection uniting all who travel through this life. Whether it appears as vibrations of light or the resonating energy of music, our world and our lives are joined in a timeless flow.
My goal as an artist is to convey this connection. Depicting the gesture and movement of a hand or the light in the eyes of someone who lived long ago, the message is continuous in my work: WE ALL SHARE IN THE VIBRATIONS OF LIFE.”