Renee` Marz Mullis grew up drawing and painting, extremely fortunate to be raised in Albuquerque where the arts are highly valued and celebrated. She graduated from New Mexico State University and after a career in public education, continued to pursue art making with a passion.
Today, Renee` maintains a studio at the edge of the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico. She enjoys exhibiting, and her pastel work has garnered many awards in national and international pastel exhibitions including those of the Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Annual Pastel 100.
Originally a watercolorist, Renee` laid down her brush, mesmerized by the pastel sticks’ strenght of color and brilliancy. Both a studio and plein air painter, Renee’ paints southwestern landscapes, interiors/exteriors, florals, and still lifes.
She most enjoys the multitude of challenges in converying a strong sense of luminosity and atmosphere in her work.
“Pastels help me attempt to speak the language of light and color. I am particularly drawn to how both are able to transform the most mundane of objects into the extraordinary-- even the ethereal. The tactile nature of the pastel stick, along with its brilliant color range and light-scattering properties allow me a lifetime of opportunities to explore how light and color speak to the soul.”
∙ Pastel Society of America (PSA), Signature Member
∙ International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS/MC), Master’s Circle
∙ Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM), Signature Member
∙ Arizonal Pastel Artists Association (APAA/DP), Signature Member/Distinguished Artist
∙ Pastel Society of Colorado (PSC), Associate Member
∙ Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC), Signature Member
∙ Women Artists of the West (WAOW), Associate Member