In Living Color
Part visual travel journal, part diary, artist Renée Leone's vibrant series of geographic watercolor paintings offers entrancing vistas as seen through the artist's eyes and felt through her heart. Renée combines her affinity for the geometric patterning used in textiles, mosaics, and stained glass to create personal home and building portraits that depict not only what she saw in a particular location, but, more significantly, what she felt.
This piece was inspired by a summer spent working on a "dude ranch" just outside of Yellowstone National Park. On her day off, Renée would drive for hours exploring the Wild West. Scenic Red Lodge, Montana, became one of her favorite and most frequented destinations on these leisurely drives. During one of her trips, Renée noticed that the vast landscape was filled with her favorite colors as reflected in nature. These experiences out West were eye opening at this point in Renée's life. With their beauty came the artist's realization about how important wide-open spaces were to her, her art, and her personal well being.
Made in Chicago and hand signed.