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Meet Audra Rene

Today we’d like to introduce you to Audra Rene.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have always loved the beauty industry, and by high school I was actually coloring and cutting hair for friends and family. I worked at a wonderful salon as a receptionist through cosmetology school, and completed an intense training program there after becoming licensed. I became an educator for a top luxury haircare line while working as a full-time stylist. I opened my own salon in 2010, and have thoroughly loved designing, building, and fine-tuning my salon environment and the experience I create for both my enjoyment and that of my guests. Outside of my regular salon clientele, I also specialize in bridal and special event hairstyling, and I run a secondary business- Jill & James Candle Company.

Please tell us about your art.
I love creating looks that not only make my client feel more beautiful, but that work well with their everyday life, schedule, hair type etc. I specialize primarily in natural looks, but I definitely like to have a little fun as well when a client wants to step outside of the box. I feel it is a great honor to have private appointments with my clients, and to truly be able to focus all my attention on them while we are together.

In regards to Jill & James Candle Company- I hand pour quality vegan soy wax candles and hand soaps which I retail online and, in my brick, and mortar salon, in addition to a few pop-up events annually. It makes me so happy to hear that someone has been enjoying a candle I created while enjoying their relaxation time, or while gathering with family and friends.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
This question looks a bit differently to me given my specific medium of art, as compared to other artists who may be answering, but one commonality is that art in a general sense remains something that makes people feel something, and connects us with other people- needed much more today in the digitally saturated world of surface-level connections we live in. I am fortunate that my medium of art connects me quite literally with many different types of people every week, where yes, I do see the effects of current events and issues on my guests. Luckily for me, my “art studio” is a safe place to vent, a place to focus on oneself and disconnect from whatever may be weighing on us. It’s really a beautiful thing (pun intended)!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Fat this time my in-salon client book is full, apart from a select group of bridal clients I take on each year for wedding services. I do showcase work on Instagram (@audrarene and @jillandjamescandle) and Facebook (Audra Rene Studio and Jill & James Candle Company). I use these avenues to share news and happenings for both businesses respectively.

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Image Credit:
Melissa McClure, Elate Photo, SheWanders, Audra, First and Orange, We Heart Photography, Brogen Jessup.

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