With many years of experience in healthcare, Rena Hottinger has consistently balanced her career with a passion for the arts. She attended a certificate program in Floral Design @ the NY Botanical Gardens. Nowadays, if she is not creating floral bouquets with real flowers, she is painting or photographing them. As a result, she is being recognized for her strong flower paintings. Rena has worked as a creative designer as well as volunteering for ArtWorks, a foundation in NJ created to bring art expression to chronically ill children. She completed college degrees in Nursing and holds an MBA.
Rena born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY now lives in the Poconos. She utilizes multiple media for free-style self-expression including acrylic, watercolor, oil, soft pastel, charcoal, ink, collage, clay, photography, and floral design. Appreciating Buddhist philosophy, she explains that “creating art” is a virtue of wholesomeness, an exploration of truth, and contributes to a meaningful life that benefits all. Rena contends that everything happens in the moment—including creating & appreciating art.
Beginning in 2018, Rena chose to spend time learning from and reproducing paintings by the “Old Masters” including van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Degas, Chagall, Picasso, O’Keeffe and more. A large number of her exhibited works have been created in this way with current inspiration drawn from exploring the works of Joan Mitchell and many other American Abstract Expressionists. Drawn to the “world of the abstract” Rena freely enjoys creating in this style particularly on larger canvas. She also likes making collages—art in mixed media expressing a unique message.
An award-winning artist in photography and 3-D works, her artwork is usually on exhibit somewhere in northeastern PA and the larger Tri-State area. In the future, Rena dreams of expanding her exposure on the international stage while emphasizing abstract art.