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 (scroll down) blogpost by clicking here.

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, and Kathleen Dunphy.  


The Chestnut Group, Vice President, 2017


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



group exhibits

Two Man Studio Show, Nashville, TN, July 29, 2017

The Hermitage, April 20-23, 2017

Harpeth River Watershed Association 2016

Friends of Radnor Lake 2015

Cumberland River Compact 2015

Friends of Warner Parks 2015


University School Evening Classes, 2016, 2017


Happy Glow, 2014, oil on canvas, 10 X 8", © Renée Bates, artist's collection (first painting).

Happy Glow, 2014, oil on canvas, 10 X 8", © Renée Bates, artist's collection (first painting).