Born and raised in beautiful Sonoma County, CA, Reena grew up in a renovated farm house on two acres just outside of Sebastopol. She comes from a deeply giving, loosely spiritual, and closely connected family. Oak trees, mud pies, sisterhood, bare feet, and bonfires are among the elements that shaped her childhood spirit. Service, ritual, community, and Women's Spirituality have helped to develop her adult creative sight.
Reena studied Fine Art in college, and developed a great interest in youth work and community arts, working for many years in non-profits and schools teaching art and community building skills to children and youth. She also has a deep connection to spirituality. She studied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and worked for a time in youth ministry, teaching young people skills to access their creative and spiritual voice.
Reena is constantly searching for new ways to express her art, and her works range from painting, drawing, mixed media, and collage. Her pieces call from her work with youth, her experience as a woman, her faith and spirituality, and her treasured relationships.
Reena is an amateur seamstress, an aspiring doula, and loves painting small (and occasionally big) faces. When an opportunity presents itself, she can transform into a mermaid fairly quickly. She lives in Sebastopol with her family: partner Zeb, baby boy Emmett, and two (very) well-fed kitties.