Rena’s passion for history, buildings and the landscape emerged early on in her art, and she would pursue these themes for the rest of her life. After completing her studies at Kingston Art School and gaining her teacher’s diploma, her first post was in Leamington Spa. In 1954 she moved to Wareham in Dorset to teach at Bournemouth School for Girls. She fell in love with the county, which became her home for the rest of her life. Rena saw herself as an artist expressing herself primarily through the medium of printmaking. She experimented with book illustration and the craft of making books, and also began to travel abroad and was influenced by the vibrant colour and architecture of Venice and Rome. This early period saw the maturing of her skill and talent for drawing, painting and printmaking and, in particular, her very personal approach to lithography.