Renee working in her outdoor studio.

Renee working in her outdoor studio.

Cheve (2012)

Cheve (2012)

Renee Vig Artist Statement:

I approach my artwork with the emphasis on facial expression and figure. My inspiration is to convey emotion to the viewer, through detail, and colors found in nature. I embrace my subjects as symbolic of despair, hope, and pride. My artwork is a reflection of achievements as well the possibilities in the lifetime of us.  While raising two children "expression" resonated with me and ultimately into a passion to give back my love.

Renee Vig Bio:

Renee grew up in Geneva, Illinois in a strict Swedish household were she learned to make great pancakes and fold a mean bed sheet. A natural artist with an eye for detail and color she showed an early talent for drawing and painting. Renee’s formative  years were spent sketching and painting whimsical watercolors of her grandfathers windmills. After a forgettable high school art experience, Ms. Vig attended Augustana, Northern Illinois and received a BS from the University of Wisconsin in Related Art. She refined her skills and discovered her love of pastel human forms during this avant-garde period of her life.

Renee spent the mid-80’s in her “dark period” producing a number of artworks  including "The Baby In Me" and "Why Is My Heart So Sad." In these works she depicted a sad and sometimes, heavy world. Renee conveyed her philosophy in one sentence, “I can only afford black and gray”.

Over the next decade Ms. Vig honed her art and her “windmill” stroke producing cropped pastels of John Singer Sargent’s "Woman with Furs" and Francesco Clemente’s "Alba"

Renee  is inspired by history, nature and classic model photographs.  In the past several years Renee has produced "Burn", "Chill" and "Pout." These paintings are emotional, and tell a tale of art, obsession and betrayal.  "Look" and "Sidewinder" further present her emotional focus on the fact.  These fresh works created a buzz in the art community during Gallery Night, presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.