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, Anne Blair Brown, and Charlie Hunter 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 615-642-3007.
Honor the Earth, Friends of Warner Parks / The Chestnut Group 2018
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 Land, Friends 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, President, 2018