Renay Shaffer (Canadian, b. 1973) is a self-taught painter who enjoys pastel, watercolor, oil, and recently even colored pencils. Born in White Rock, a small seaside town along the west coast of Canada, she formed an identification with nature from childhood onward. Forests and beaches became a place where she could daydream and process her thoughts, soothed by the constancy of tides and seasons. Her drawing as a young girl was briefly coached (and greatly influenced) by then-emerging master photorealist painter Rod Penner. After a tumultuous young adulthood her artistic potential was re-awakened at age 30 upon going back to university and enrolling in a drawing class alongside a psychology major. She spent the next decade learning to paint murals, commissions, and a small body of work in her spare time that was shown in many group shows including a solo show “Limited Visibility” at Point Gallery on Saltspring Island, BC. In 2017 she began painting full time and has since created a collection of large-scale pastel seascapes, while also painting miniatures for DailyPaintworks.com and the occasional commission. Her artwork is in private collections throughout Canada and the USA. She is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Renay won the Wakeham/Sutherland award in Pastels USA 2018. She has been featured multiple times in International Artist magazine including an in-depth demonstration article in the current Oct/Nov 2019 issue. Her work can also be seen in American Art Collector October 2019.
In the studio Renay is developing a new body of work illustrating our connection to the earth and its inhabitants. She lives and works in Bellingham, Washington, USA with her husband Matt and two chatty rescued Siamese cats, acutely aware of the blessing of being able to paint every day.