Painter, sculptor, photographer, and producer Rene Westbrook has been a resident artist of several fine arts centers, including AAMARP (African American-Master Artists in Residence Program) at Northeastern University, California Council on the Arts in Oakland and Richmond CA, and Alana Community Outreach and Training Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.
As an artist, she seeks to align the shamanistic aspect of nature with the humanistic universality of peoples, old and new. In this current series, the creative process of the collage is both essential and poetic. She uses idols, images, signs, and juxtaposed symbols to reveal the impact of Western colonization on native cultures. The hope is that the viewer will peer into the looking glass and discover the common ground as well as hidden parts of the past that impinge on our present civilization.
Rene graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in sculpture and a minor in Art Education. Her interest in education reaches back to the early 1970s when she helped launch Paige Academy in Roxbury.
In 1989, Rene founded the Rene Westbrook Studio and Art Peace International, an art business with the goal of aiding and enhancing creative and spiritual ideals in education and business environments. Her goal is to unify artistic and spiritual practices in ways that sustain life.