Summer Colors, 7.5" x 7", opaque watercolor on matboard. 



Discovering an ability to express herself through painting, Renée resigned her role as executive director of Greenways for Nashville to pursue a creative chapter.

Renée uses her background in interior design, the informal study of birds, and horticultural experience to inform her work. A native Tennessean whose parents grew up on farms; they exposed her to nature often.  She considers herself fortunate and drawn to geographic beauty, especially long vistas, sunrises, and sunsets.

"This is a beautiful road, and I couldn't travel it were it not for the support of a loving husband and constant cheerleader, David Bates.  Any creative person who has the backing of an encouraging life partner offering stability and unwavering belief in you gives a robust advantage," said Renée Bates.

More to the Story.  In 2014, on a trip of solace and reflection after her mother's passing, Renée attended her first painting workshop, taught by the talented Kim Barrick, held on the beautiful mountain of Monteagle. The workshop and immersion into painting combined with the idyllic surroundings and the spiritual presence and validation she felt would serve as a catalyst.  There's more about this on the first blogpost by clicking here (scroll down to first post).

Renée considers creativity to be a divine human component designed by and a delight to our creative Creator.


Continually seeking instruction and exposure to techniques and methods, and appreciating the availability of a prolific local art scene, additional to Kim Barrick, Renée has studied with Kevin Macpherson, Charles Brindley, Dawn Whitelaw, and Anne Blair Brown, among others.  A growing list of artists' influence, present and past, includes John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Georgia O'Keefe, Richard Schmid, Kim English, Brian Rutenberg, Kathleen Dunphy and Tibor Nagy.  


Paintings are available for purchase.  Contact, or phone 615-642-3007.




Art Crawl, Nashville Pilates Co. Houston Station, December 2017

Solo Show, Bates Nursery & Garden Center, November 2017

Love the Lake, Love the Land, Friends of Radnor Lake, The Chestnut Group, Nashville, 2017

Art Studio Open House, Two Artist Show, Nashville, 2017

Chestnuts at the Hermitage, Hermitage Association / The Chestnut Group, 2017

Scenes of the Harpeth, Harpeth Conservancy / The Chestnut Group, 2016

Love the Lake, Love the LandFriends of Radnor Lake / The Chestnut Group 2015

Cumberland on Canvas, Cumberland River Compact / The Chestnut Group, 2015

A Heart for the Parks, Friends of Warner Parks / The Chestnut Group, 2015


University School Evening Classes, 2018

University School Evening Classes, 2017

University School Evening Classes, 2016


The Chestnut Group, Vice President, 2017


Happy Glow, 2014, oil on canvas, 10 X 8", © Renée Bates, artist's collection (first painting with help from teacher, Kim Barrick).

Happy Glow, 2014, oil on canvas, 10 X 8", © Renée Bates, artist's collection (first painting with help from teacher, Kim Barrick).