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.
Lewis’s current work reflects her inspiration, aesthetic value and sophistication of the Post Impressionists such as Bonnard, Matisse and Lautrec.
“Using primarily color pencils on black paper Lewis’s work is bold in stunning colors creating a refreshing look at the lost art of color pencil”, Andrew Hyder, Curator the Hyder Gallery, Orlando, Florida.
“Renee Schwadron Lewis’ work depicts everyday scenes in a stylized fashion that is uniquely her own. The scenes are cheerful yet serene, humorous at times – and playful”, Jeff Shonkwiler, Executive Director The Artists Registry.
Lewis is a member of, and has exhibited with the Color Pencil Society of America, The Hub in New Smyrna Beach, The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, the Orlando Museum of Art 1st Thursdays event with The Artists Registry, The Artist’s Workshop and is represented by the Hyder Gallery in Orlando.
“Art can be created in solitude but it must be seen and hopefully appreciated for the creative process to come full circle”, stated Lewis.