Reen Patterson was raised on a small family farm in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Early on she was drawn to creating. She experimented with drawing, painting, woodcarving, and paper machete, even tried sculpting with mud from the creek. All projects proved to be fulfilling to her creative hunger.
Reen graduated in 1987 from UMKC with a BS in Dental Hygiene. Although Dental Hygiene provided a living, it did not fill her creative void. For Reen’s 36th birthday her husband and two boys surprised her with her own kiln and studio stocked with glazes and clay.
Later that year, while visiting her grandmother she found an old photograph of her grandparents standing together in the ocean. Inspired by that picture, the studio came alive as Reen sculpted and captured that moment in her grandparents’ life.
In 2002 family and friends encouraged her to share her sculptures, so she entered a juried competition in Kansas City. She won the “Kansas City Clay Guild Award of Merit”. This inspired her and the collection grew. She showed her work in the Holiday Open Studio at the Locust Street Gallery for 3 years where she sold both fictional and custom pieces. Her sculptures have been on display at Locust Street Gallery, TMC Gallery, Northbridge Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, Art Westport, and in the Negro League Hall of Fame, all in Kansas City, MO.
Reen feels strongly that our grandparents should be honored. Sculpting them is the way that she not only captures our heritage, but perhaps shows a glimpse into our own future.
In 2012 Reen has found her way back to the Rocky Mountains. Her and her husband now live part time in Leadville, CO. Her sculptures have expanded from just grandparents, to express her passion for the mountain life in Leadville.