A native of Brooklyn, New York, Renee Schwadron Lewis always loved the combination of texture and color. The confluence of cultures in NYC was especially an influential part of her life. Lewis received a B.F.A. in Fabric Design from the School of Art at Syracuse University. As part of the University’s Foreign Studies Program she studied Art History in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In her focus on Fabric Design (which included silk screening and weaving), Lewis developed an eye and proficiency with repetitive patterns – which continues to be a theme in her current work.
Her Post-Impressionist style drawings are created with a combination of oil crayons, color pencils and pastels – producing bold, stunning colors and creative themes capturing the colorful nature of women. At the core of her work are women – empowered, strong – yet vulnerable – linked to others, each other – and beautiful from within.
Lewis is an award winning artist and is represented by The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach, The Dancing Crane Gallery, Bradenton and The A.T. Hun Gallery, Savannah. She has exhibited work at The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, the Orlando Museum of Art with the Artists Registry, The Gallery at Mills Park, Orlando, City Arts Factory, Orlando and the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. She is also a member of the Artist’s Workshop, Beaux Arts Central Florida and the Art League of Daytona Beach. Additionally, she teaches classes and workshops for children and adults at the Orlando Museum of Art, the Casselberry Art House and The Hub on Canal. She resides in Winter Park, Florida.
“I find your art rich and full of life to every corner and beyond. It’s the magical details that keep us hanging around for a much closer look. When we do take the time to look, deeply, your work delivers a sensory vibrational love of life from within.” Harry Messersmith, Sculptor and former Executive Director, Museum of Florida Art
CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) National Chapter & Gainesville Chapter
The Artist’s Workshop – New Smyrna Beach
The Hub – New Smyrna Beach
Morean Arts Center – St. Petersburg
Beaux Arts of Central Florida
MSA (Museum Store Association)
“With finely crafted designs and riotous colors, Renee creates visually stunning works with the often overlooked medium of color pencil.” Ken N.
“Every piece of Renee’s drawings tells a meaningful and personal story. The framework and variety of work reflects her fabric design artistry with creative patterns, rich textures and appealing colors. Welcome back to the art world, Renee!” Sue D.
Artwork photos shown on this website are courtesy of Douglas Nesbitt, Mindy Kerr and Michael van Gelder.
Website and Enews designed and produced by Jane Green.