by Ella Tulin
Renya commented that she worked as model for Ella Tulin and was the model for the sculpture which now stands in New London. Coincidently, Renya was visiting family and friends in the New London area and agreed to meet me so that I might photograph her along side her statue. So, on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago, my wife and I drove to meet Renya, and took her downtown to be with "Renya".
We spent some time with the sculpture and had a nice chat over coffee during which time we learned a lot about Renya and her connection with the sculpture and Ella Tulin. Renya currently lives with her significant other in New Mexico and describes herself as a "gypsy". She is truly an artist in her own right, and a deeply spiritual person.
I'm afraid that my descriptions of Renya would not do her justice, so I encourage readers who would like to learn more about her visit her website, www.renyacreations.com . She blogs as well and is currently considering blogging while on an extensive cross country road trip.
It was a pleasure meeting the real Renya and I want to thank her for taking the time to be photographed along side the sculpture she inspired. One never knows who you might reach or touch with a simple photograph and blog post.