artwork

The artwork I create blends traditional, hand-carved linocut printmaking with digital graphic design and photography. I believe art is a unique visual language. My work is a combination of the skills and artistic style I have developed throughout my life and career. I am drawn to the organic motifs, figures and colour palettes of Art Nouveau. I also bring elements from nature, spirituality, fairy tales and history into my artwork.
There are endless opportunities to learn from both traditional and modern processes of making art. Weaving old and new techniques together to create beautiful images is the foundation of my work. I love telling stories with beautiful images. The enduring quality of vintage art and design inspires me to create prints, cards and jewelry with my linocuts. 

Linocut is a relief printmaking technique similar to woodcut. The process begins with carving an image into linoleum using a V-shaped gouge. The remaining uncarved area is inked with a roller then pressed onto paper by hand or with a printing press. My linocut artwork begins with a drawing on linoleum. I prefer to use linoleum that is mounted on a wooden block. Once the image is carved I hand-print my linocut using water soluble ink. Next, I scan my lino print to create a digital image that can be fine-tuned with colour and text. Combining the graphic quality of the lino print with the versatility of digital technology allows me to create rich textures and colours in my linocut artwork and designs.

My artwork begins with a hand-carved and printed linocut.
 

my story

After many years working as a graphic designer, I have returned to my roots in the fine arts and my passion for printmaking. I received my BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design then began my career in the advertising industry. When I started a family I continued my design career on a freelance basis to spend more time with my children. I created White River Studio to focus on projects that combine my fine art and commercial design skills.
My name is Renée White. Living and working in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, for most of my life has given me a deep appreciation for tradition, handmade quality and the rustic nature of the prairie landscape. My interest in creating art began at the age of four, sitting at the kitchen table with a box of markers and a roll of paper. I wanted to be an artist.
Projects I have been commissioned to create include logos, oracle cards, books, posters, signage and product packaging. My  linocut illustrations were also recently used in the set design for an FX network series. 
 
I sell my prints, cards and jewelry in my Etsy shop. My linocut illustrations are also sold on Creative Market in my White River Studio shop.
 
Participating in local pop up markets has helped me connect with other makers. I am continuously searching for new opportunities to expand my business and share my love for printmaking and design. I am currently working on a collection of surface pattern designs and look forward to seeing my linocut artwork on fabric, book covers and home decor.
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