Born in South Africa, René Botha immigrated to Canada at the age of 14. Inspired by the versatility and genius of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, she has been drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and playing music all her life. After graduating from high school, René studied the human form in great detail by obtaining a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy. In 1999, René settled in Vancouver BC, and began taking courses at Emily Carr University of Art & Design which gave her a solid foundation to pursue the art of tattooing. Since beginning her tattooing career in 2008, she has focused on incorporating elements of realism into her work, which projects a distinct style as a tattoo artist. René currently tattoos out of Gastown Tattoo in Vancouver BC.