Renate Ayling was born in the South of Germany. From her earliest memories she loved to draw, but because of other commitments with work and family she never had the time to get into the art. Whenever she had the opportunity she visited Art Galleries all over Europe and hoped one day she will start to draw and paint. 

Renate moved to England with her English Husband and small son in 1984.  After 5 years living in Devon the family decided to immigrate to Australia and settled in the Redlands where she still lives today. 

She met a mother from school who introduced her to China Painting, which she enjoyed for a couple of years. After that Renate started taking classes with Ruby Eaves to learn to paint Watercolours, this she enjoyed, but Renate wanted to learn how to draw. She joined Vikky Harvey’s Fine Art School to learn to use graphite pencils and later pastels.  She stayed with Vikky for 5 years and learnt a lot and enjoyed her new experiences. Personal circumstances stopped her going back to drawing and painting for years.  

After settling into her new life, she joined Vikky Harvey again years later and started using acrylic and mixed mediums. Unfortunately, Vikky stopped the Art School however Renate continued painting and experiencing different styles at home. 

Renate enjoys drawing and painting. Her favoured motives are Wildlife, Landscape and Portraits of people and animals. 

Renate joined the Old SchoolHouse Gallery in Cleveland earlier this year to get more experience.