Ideas come from all over for Renee. In the middle of the night, she might think, "I want to create this subject of sculpture". Sometimes she uses past experiences of extensive travel in Africa or goes to the library to study subjects.
Renee is self-taught, so she has had twenty years of teaching herself sculpture and how to start the sculpting process. The design of the subject is the most important. She has a variety of categories of sculpture: birds, figurative, marine, wildlife, corporate sculptures, and art for the door.
When she creates her tabletop sculptures, she usually will just begin the process. With her corporate, or life-size, sculptures, Renee will more than likely create what she calls, "a small sketch" first to make sure all the details will be accurate in the large, final sculpture.
Sculptures are 3-dimensional and should be viewed that way. Renee takes the time to make sure her pieces can be viewed accurately from all angles. She likes her pieces to be realistic.