BILL RENC, Artist
A graduate of Ringling School of Art in 1970, Bill Renc has enjoyed a 48-year career in the fields of commercial and fine art. His original drawings, paintings and intaglio prints have won numerous awards at juried art festivals from Florida to the Midwest. Bill and his wife Linda established the Painted Fish Gallery in Dunedin, Florida in 1995.
In recent years Bill has concentrated on the Florida landscape in oil and watercolor. Having spent much of his childhood immersed in the coastal landscape, fishing and drawing, he still loves marine life and it creeps into his artwork quite often. Having also worked in portraiture and figure studies, Bill’s subjects now focus mainly on the Florida environment, wetlands, shorelines, and saltwater marine life of all kinds.
Bill undertakes both public and private art commissions, and has created original paintings for annual events both locally and nationally. These include City of Dunedin Centennial, Clearwater Folk Arts Festival, Abilities of Florida and ServiceSource Foundation in Washington DC.
LINDA RENC, Calligraphic Artist
Linda Renc is an artist specializing in hand-written calligraphy, design and lettering arts. She creates original artworks, giclee prints, handmade & hand-lettered books, logo designs and commissioned artworks.
Her artworks combine lettering with drawing, mixed media and painting. Linda feels that a calligraphic artist is responsible for interpreting mood & meaning behind author's words, whether referencing a poem, prose, song, scripture, or personal writings.
With a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from University of Illinois (1970), Linda gained many of her skills by private study and workshops in the U.S., Canada and Britain. She was fortunate to attend over a dozen international conferences spanning 22 years. She has participated in juried art exhibits, festivals and invitational letter arts exhibitions including Washington DC and Moscow, Russia. As Director of AlphaMark, an international calligraphy exhibition traveling the U.S. and Canada from 1999 through 2001, Linda introduced the art of calligraphy to the North American public in museums, libraries and civic centers.
Linda presently teaches calligraphy classes at Dunedin Fine Art Center. Along with skill-building and writing techniques with students, she truly enjoys sharing the rich history and different world views of calligraphy.