Renée Stramel | Liza Pruitt

Renée Stramel

Renée Stramel is a multi-media artist and surface designer specializing in abstracts and geometrics.

  "What I love about abstract art is that it's a dialog. It invites the viewer in to make a judgement. Like it, love it or hate it -it has transported the viewer into another world. I'd like to to think that my artwork uplifts the viewer and energizes them to see things differently. "

After attending art school at Virginia Commonwealth University, Renée pivoted to earn her Associates Degree in Applied Science for Photographic Equipment Technology. After a successful decade in the field of camera repair, including leading a regional group of independent technicians, the industry had begun to wane. Renée realized the need to adapt and evolve. She returned to her passion for creating, seizing an opportunity with art publishing company Old World Prints as a watercolor production artist, hand coloring both antique and newly designed art prints. As Old World Prints grew and expanded into The World Art Group, so did Renée’s role within the company where she founded and developed a new product line called Embellished Prints. It quickly grew to become a flagship product line for World Art Group with Renée leading a team of seven in the creation and production of up to 1600 pieces of finished art per week.
 
In 2020, Renée left World Art Group to forge a new path focusing on art and design for both wall decor and surface pattern design. Working and creating in traditional as well as digital mediums, her work is tirelessly experimental and innovative in techniques and materials.  Now as an artist with Grand Image Ltd. and the focus on the abstract, her optimistic design sense and flair for the dramatic is being showcased to a whole new audience with higher aesthetic expectations.
 
She resides with her filmmaker husband Jim and their two cats, Mitzi and Mo in Richmond, VA. "Art is at the heart of everything we do." she explains. "It’s all about the joy that comes from creating.”
 
Renée’s work has been licensed by companies such as Anthropologie, Target, Bassett and Ethan Allen. 
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