Rene Walters was born and raised in a beautiful beach town in sunny South Orange County, where everything always appeared to be perfect, the perfect weather, the perfect little families, and the perfect dream life. Growing up Rene always felt as though she was on the outside, she thought differently and behaved differently from those around her. She always felt like there was more to the world, more to people than what she saw in her suburban bubble. She learned by adapting to her surroundings, yet all the while observing, observing the people that surrounded her. Her curiosities often led her to trouble, but ultimately these troubles fed them even more.
Each year she moved farther and farther away from her home town, and landed in San Francisco, CA where she began her adventure and her BFA in sculpture at the Academy of Art University. She met people from all over the world there, making art for school and for a living, she was introduced to the real world of art through the Andy’s Unity Park in Santa Rosa, CA. Rene, alongside a team of local artist, worked for a year on the public memorial art pieces that were to live in that park. She explained her experience of working on the team of artists designing and creating the art for the park as, “One of the most devastating and beautiful things I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.”
Throughout her journey as an artist she shifted her focus, from not only the beauty of the pieces she creates, but on the concept behind them. Building and weaving in all of the beauty and complexity of the narrative that makes up the human experience. Her hyper focus on the way people act in comparison to who they actually are, lit a flame in her. She began using art as her outlet to work out what was painful, what was beautiful, and what didn’t make sense. She wants to bring this to the world, this outlet, visually and personally.