“Rita Codsi” is an original, commissioned, oil painting of Renée’s second cousin. Renée was absolutely amazing at giving the likeness when painting a portrait. I always remember when Renée met someone whose beauty and appearance struck her, she would say “Oh how lovely, oh how beautiful, I would like to paint you”. May that was how she got so many commissions?! What was also awesome, was that no person ever sat live for her. She painted all her portraits from photos. She almost always painted portraits in oils. Oils was her preferred medium. As is mine! Go Mama!