Renee Witherwax paints and draws and sometimes makes prints in Chicago, IL.
She is originally from a small town in western Nebraska.
She taught art studio practices at a community college, a university, and an art museum, all in Ohio, when she was fresh out of grad school.
She has paid the rent for over 20 years by creating print graphics for retail apparel and hardware conglomerates, and, more recently enjoyed creating stationery products for a small publishing company.
Renee is a marginally successful freelance print graphic designer now and is trying to come to grips with designing for the web so she can make herself more marketable and continue to pay her mortgage.
She is most interested in formal issues when she paints, etc. and believes that by ruminating over a visual memory or a situation before her through painting, etc., some subconscious (and revelatory) content (other than delicious form) will appear. She expects the content will be generally a somewhat unique experience for each viewer.
Currently, Renee's leisure time finds her (most) obsessed with crossword puzzles and table games.
She's in good spirits mostly, and has a little more faith in what relatively meek lives can accomplish since Occupy came along. View artist's contribution this issue here.