Renlie (from Lake Forest Park) paints what is in his head, and one cannot help but smile. Included over twenty-five paintings from his studio and regional collectors. 



About the Artist

Frank Renlie graduated from the Burnley School of Professional Art (currently known as The Art Institute of Seattle). His early work was particularly inspired by his instructors William Cumming and James Edward Peck.

Following graduation he began a forty-year career as a freelance illustrator. Renlie was active with the Society of Illustrators in New York, and his illustrations were featured in many publications and venues throughout the United States, France and Germany.

While working as a professional illustrator, he also entered his paintings in juried shows throughout the Northwest. He was selected for group exhibitions including Seattle Art Museum’s Northwest Annual, Frye Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Bellevue Art Museum’s Arts & Crafts Fair, and The Best of the Northwest.

Now retired from illustration, he is a full-time painter. For over a dozen years his art has been exhibited nationally – including Washington, Oregon, California and Pennsylvania, and internationally in Mexico, England, and Israel.

Regionally he has been represented by Simon Mace Gallery (Port Townsend) and Matzke Fine Art & Design (Camano Island), and has exhibited at the Anacortes Arts Festival. He has also been featured in regional art auctions including Museum of Northwest Art (La Conner), Schack Art Center (Everett), and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

For this stage of his career, Renlie considers himself to be ‘self-taught.’ He enjoys playing with words and phrases and just tries to paint what comes to mind. He tries to not overthink – letting concepts and ideas just happen.

Renlie makes quick thumbnail sketches at all hours, and draws inspirations from modern-day philosophers like Popeye, who says, “I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam!” Frank lives and works in Lake Forest Park and Camano Island.

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Sherry Grover Gallery
May 26 - September 22, 2018
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