Renee Oubre

renee oubre

January – March 2016

Exhibit Opening January 28th 6pm – 8pm

A fourth generation artist with talents in painting and photography, Renee is creatively innovative whether painting with light or with oils.

Environmentally conscious since childhood, she preserves nature’s beauty on film and canvas.  Travels throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe led her to produce an extensive portfolio of impressionistic and realistic images.  Renee has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States since 1992 and has won numerous awards.  Her work is seen in prestigious galleries, personal collections worldwide, and a United States Embassy.

Locally, Renee has exhibited with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Artspace Buffalo, Big Orbit Gallery, the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, CEPA: Center for Exploratory Photographic Arts, El Museo, Hallwalls and Squeaky Wheel. She is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s book:  Knox Farm State Park.

Her passion for photography developed in her parents’ East Aurora, NY studio, Oubre Phogographers, where for more than fifty years, her father photographed commercial, portrait, and wedding.  Renee was exposed to all aspects of the art and enterprise. From a young age she was encouraged in the Arts, studying dance, music, and theater.

In 1992 she started showing her fine art photography at juried exhibitions and galleries.  She studied watercolor, exploring impressionism.  In 1998, she began painting with oil on canvas, using both brush and palette knife.  Working in a studio at Essex Street Arts Complex, she began to paint on panel.  The sturdy base enabled her to incorporate diverse materials that bring texture and visual intrigue to an image.  While preparing panels with primer and gesso, she started playing with it, and let the thick liquid fall in droplets on the panel, allowing them to dry as they were.  Using a technique developed by Rennie MacIntosh, she thickens the gesso with plaster of paris to create a sculptural gesso painting.

She was accepted as a resident artist at Artspace Buffalo Lofts.  After undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, she completed the University at Buffalo’s Arts in Healthcare course with an eye towards helping her aging loved ones.  This strengthened her conviction that art is central to well being and quality of life.