I was born in Trinidad and raised in New York City. I attended Pratt Institute for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. My visual vocabulary blends the fantastic tropical, Earth's diverse natural splendor, and universal wonder along with the raw realities of globalism. The work explores travel and interconnectedness as a means for transcendence. I live and work in Houston, Texas.
As an interpretive artist, I am intrigued by geometric shapes, texture, sound, lines and atmosphere. I create high-chroma modern landscapes and text-based designs on paper and canvas that reference the intersection of the internal and external world, the familiar versus otherness, and themes of possible realities contrasted against fantasies. My work is informed by technology in that my prints are based on iPhone photographs of caves or digital finger sketches using art apps. This digital language is satisfying and explorative as it allows me to edit the journey to the finished image after unexpected visual plot twists and accidental perfections have occurred.
My ink paintings on canvas are pure play. Using various methods like tilting canvases on the floor or using a hair dryer to scatter paint, the work speaks to the dissonance between what could have been and what invariably is. By basing the work on a strong horizon line, the notion of traditional landscape is eclipsed by the need for the abstract. These monochromatic blacks and shades of gray are subtle, and is my refuge when my color story has been birthed in other work.
CIVIC ART COMMISSIONS
2020 - "Butterfly Breakfast" Traffic Box Mini Mural (located at Jensen and Crosstimbers), sponsored by The City of Houston's Mayor's Office of Anti-Human Trafficking and UP Art Studio, Houston, TX
2020 - "Native Houston Wildflowers" Traffic Box Mini Mural (located at Airline and Crosstimbers), sponsored by The City of Houston's Mayor's Office of Anti-Human Trafficking and UP Art Studio, Houston, TX
2020 - "Not Today Corona" Traffic Box Mini Mural, (located at San Jacinto and Gray Street near Downtown Houston) sponsored by The City of Houston and UP Art Studio, Houston, TX
2017 - "Voices of H-town" Mural, (located in City Hall at 901 Bagby Street) sponsored by The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Houston, TX (July 14, 2017-2018)Z
2016 - "Playtime" Traffic Box Mini Mural (located at Bellfort and Glen Loch Street near William P. Hobby International Airport), sponsored by The City of Houston, UP Art Studio and Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX
2016 - "The Hovercraft 3000" Traffic Box Mini Mural (located at Bellfort and Northdale Street near William P. Hobby International Airport), sponsored by The City of Houston, UP Art Studio and Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX
2014-2015 - "Houston Neighborhoods," Permanent Photography and Text Exhibition, (located in Student Center South Meeting Rooms, Main Campus), University of Houston, Houston, TX (2015 onwards)
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2019 - Contemporary Juried Show, Art Center Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX (February 28 - March 30, 2019)
2019 - 53rd Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show, Cain Art Gallery at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (February 15 - May 3, 2019)
2018 - The Crystal Ball Fundraiser and Silent Auction, Fresh Arts, Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX
2017 - #TexasArtistsStrong Pop-up Exhibition and Fundraiser, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
2017 - Crossing Borders, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, San Antonio, TX (June 9 - June 30, 2017)
2016 - City ArtWorks 2016 Teacher's Art Exhibition, Cloister Gallery, Houston, Tx (July 29 - August 16, 2016)
2016 - Visual Arts Alliance 33rd Juried Open Exhibition, BlueOrange Gallery, Houston, TX (June 15 - July 3, 2016)
2015-2016 - Debtfair, Art League Houston, Houston, TX (November 20, 2015 - January 11, 2016)
2019 - The Galaxy Wanderer, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX (May 10 - June 8, 2019)
2019 - "The Galaxy Wanderer" (Digital Screen Exhibition), University of Houston - Student Center, Houston, TX (May 6 - June 10, 2019)
2020 - 2 Local Artists Design Mini Murals Highlighting COVID-19, Social Justice in Midtown
2020 - Texas Caves and Cave Art
2019 - Five Austin Artists We Discovered During West
2019 - MGA LLP, MGA Is Not Your Stuffy Accountants: Meet Renee, Local Houston Artist
2017 - Houston Chronicle, "Houston looking for artists to create new murals around city" (Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017
2016 - Houston Chronicle, "See all of Houston's 93 mini murals this summer" By Craig Hlavaty (Tuesday, June 14, 2016)
EDUCATION AND HONORS
2010 - Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Painting courses, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2009 - Dean’s List, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
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