R. Ford The Artist, is a self-taught Jamaican – American artist. Growing up Renee was heavily inspired and involved with music and art as her father exposed her to the Caribbean art & culture scene as a vendor at multiple events such as Bob Marley festival, Best of the Best and Miami Carnival just to name a few.
As a child Renee participated in school and community talent shows where she showcased her performance skills. Later, focusing in on her visual artistic skills such as photography, drawing and painting, a talent that her mother, brother and a few other family members possess. Her painting styles are heavily inspired by music and emotion.
Since embracing her talents with painting, she has been featured in art shows and exhibitions to showcase her art such as "A View From Here" with the A+D Museum of Los Angeles, Miami Art Basel, and a monthly open mic and art event “Speak EZ”, located in Flagler Village at C&I Studio.
During Miami Art Basel 2018 weekend Renee will be awarded with the First Runner up award for MIA Magazine cover contest for Art of Black Miami. Along with the mentioned art shows, Rutherford will be a featured exhibiting artist during Miami Art Basel 2018 weekend at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex with MUCE305, an Ode to Hip Hop exhibit, where she will showcase 8 pieces. Pieces include a graffiti style collage tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, an Erykah Badu piece titled 4 Leaf Clover, a Basquiat x Supreme piece, and a conversation piece of Kanye West highlighting his recent comments on slavery.
Set to inspire and encourage others, her message is and will always be that “PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE” and you should always follow your dreams no matter what. You never know where it may take you.