Resident Artist, Studio 202
Rena Warren is an Okanagan based artist, art educator, world traveler and mother. She moved to the Okanagan in 1991 to attend Okanagan University College where she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts. While raising her daughter and earning a post-degree in Education at University of Victoria; Rena worked on and off at Opus between 1996 and 2003. It was here where she gained her most extensive materials and colour knowledge.
After seven years of teaching art in the private school system, Rena embarked on an independent teaching career and more focused art practice. Currently she teaches at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts and has held the position of Executive Director at Cool Arts Society for the past four years.
In her private practice, Rena specializes in large-scale oil portraiture and original block print designs, often fusing her subjects with archetypal and mythological references. Her extensive travels including four journeys made to India between 2006 and 2009, form a large part of her inspiration, general aesthetic and subject matter.