About: I was born in Berkeley, CA. and raised in Oakland, CA. My uncle did art projects with me as a child and I was good with math. I was introduced to drafting, so I applied to U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture. Now, I am a retiree from The Port of Oakland. While working at The Port of Oakland, it was suggested that I take some graphic design courses. That opened another door. Now I do some freelance work.
During my free time, I do ceramics and work with bamboo. I refer to my ceramics as “clay babies” and my bamboo art as “Ancestral Poles”. The ancestral poles can tell a story or be decorative. I am honored that my ceramics were published in Essence Magazine and San Francisco Business Times to name a few. And some of my work is in the private collections of Susan Taylor and Jill Scott.
We all feel something when we view art. It can range from feeling love, peace, racial issues, empowerment… Each piece has been inspired by someone or some event in my life. I try to translate that feeling, that experience into a visual for all to enjoy. My hope is that you feel it. This is my gift to you. From my spirit to yours.
More info: Instagram @renatagrayart