December 2011-Hollywood Magazine-A Model Artist-From Runway to the Galleries
Sept 2011- Examiner-ReneaMenzies: A Life in Full Bloom
July/August 2010 Art Business News Magazine Cover
August 2010 Art Quarterly- Sculpted and Engaging – An overview of Artist ReneaMenzies
February 2008 Houston Modern Luxury
January 2008 Houston Press
2007 The Reflectionist Word Press
2005 Dallas Observer
2003-2004 ART Galleries Houston Official News Letter
2003 Sun Paper – A Houston North Editorial – “Our Local Artists”
JUSTLUXE, a luxury Web publication providing objective analysis and information to affluent consumers of luxury goods, services and travel, featured an article about Renea entitled “Unique ReneaMenzies Art Pieces Fit into Any Home.” This article and touches upon topics such as her 3-D technique of oil on canvas, her aptitude for interior design, her work as a dedicated commission artist, and finally, her exhibition at the Red Dot Fair in Miami. Click HERE to read the article.
L.A.’s The Place Magazine writes for those interested in LA’s latest trends, fashions, shows, businesses, charity events, and celebrities. In an article about Renea entitled “ReneaMenzies: From the Runway to the Gallery”, outlines her history as a model and makeup artist, and her eventual transition to the world of sculpted art. From humble beginnings as a self-taught artist, her unique 3-D flowers began to take shape under the influence of Jackson Pollock and Diana Powell, who she says possess “guidelines, focal points and purpose in all aspects of the painting”. Read more about Renea’s life experiences, and the occasional struggles, that ultimately lead to her success HERE.
Houston Talent Magazine, a publication designed to showcase up-and-coming local talent in the arts, featured an article about Renea entitled “ReneaMenzies”. The article highlights how her experience as a globe-trotter has heavily influenced her style and aesthetic. It also highlights the complexity of her work, an ornate marriage of paint and sculpture, and its ability to capture the imagination in its forms and colors, all by means of a pallet knife. Read more HERE.
IN Hollywood Magazine featured and Article about Renea called “A MODEL ARTIST: from the Runways to the Galleries”. Click HERE and go to page 24 to read the article on the online magazine, or simply enjoy the full article text below.
When ReneaMenzies was about fifteen, she was offered a job as a professional model. For a teenager, the opportunity to leave home for Paris was a dream come true. She was enthralled by getting to live in Europe, Mexico, and Tokyo. Yet, the joys of travel were not enough to outweigh the industry’s drawbacks. “I realized I was modeling because everyone looked up to me for doing it —but I wasn’t happy,” she states. After realizing her time on the runway was done, Menzies packed her belongings to return home to Houston. “People go through life, just having a job,” Menzies muses. “But I’m the type of person that when I realize what I want to do, I’m going to do it.”
Upon her return, she worked as a makeup artist. After getting married and becoming a stay-at-home-mom, her love of art returned while taking a non-representational art class. “Abstract art is a distorted version of something,” Menzies explains. “Non-representational art is not supposed to look like anything.” Having never felt comfortable with painting realistic images, she was free when using vibrant colors and shapes to express herself. Menzies also experimented with texture, adding uneven metals, wood, and sand to give the work a tactile feel. Starting out with acrylic, she ultimately moved towards oil. “There’s a hierarchy in painting,” Menzies points out. “You’ll never see an acrylic painting go for a million dollars.” The longevity of oil also makes itmore highly regarded than acrylic or watercolor. The colors are richer, more fade-resistant, and modern oil paint never cracks.
As Menzies’ work progressed, it began to take on a sculptural tone. Painting became her passion. After her marriage came to an end, she knew it also had to become her livelihood. Being a full-time artist who sold her work meant a flexible schedule for being with her children, as well as a way to support them. Today, she does just that. Menzies has become renowned for her three-dimensional paintings that have a floral feel. A palette knife is used to pull the oil flowers into shape. Menziestends to work on India panel, as canvas tends to sag from the weight of thicker paint.
The pieces can be up to seventy two inches, and are always full of rich color. Blues are used for more soothing pieces. Reds are best for vocalizing passion. “Although, greens are some of my favorite colors,” Menzies laughs. No matter what colors she swirls together, the tactile elements of these paintings emphasize how unusual they are. A print or a photograph can never capture the many details present in the work. “Each petal is its own fingerprint, with three to four colors smeared together— you can’t reproduce that,” Menzies notes.
Menzies is grateful for the strong relationships she has with her galleries that display her work regularly. She believes in the importance of interpersonal interaction, having made many of her connections through face-to-face meetings. While currently showing in several resort galleries, Menzies also looks forward to exhibiting in spaces that have year round shows. In the future, working with galleries with larger clienteles is a goal, as well as breaking into the New York Gallery scene.
On an artistic level, Menzies always aims to challenge herself. She is determined to keep creating unique pieces that elicit emotion from viewers. She loves pleasing those who love her work. Yet, she also realizes art is subjective. “Artists need to understand: your art won’t be for everybody,” Menzies states. “But you have to be persistent, to do what you love, and to believe in what you create.”
Overall, the most important thing to Menzies is that she makes an impact. “I want people to see the work, and to feel emotion,” she smiles. “I want them to walk away, feeling as if they experienced something they’d never seen before.” – Donna Letterese
Check out the article below, which was in Houston Modern Luxury’s “Best of The City ’08″ featuring Renea’s Sculpted Oil paintings!