Renee' Smith was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been committed to art since childhood. In her teens, she constantly got herself into academic trouble for drawing in class and not focusing on school work. A month after graduating from high school, she decided to go to college to major in Fine Arts.

In the beginning of her freshman year, she almost did not major in art because of the limited opportunities. After taking a few art classes, she realized that opportunities are everywhere in the art field. She enjoyed her art classes because she was able to make art and not worry about being academically penalized for it.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from Southern University and Agriculture & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a concentration in Sculpture. In 2008, she received her Masters of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University with a concentration in Printmaking.

After graduating from LSU, she taught Introduction to Fine Arts and Beginning Drawing at the Baton Rouge Community College. She also taught Introduction to Intaglio at LSU in 2008. In 2009, she was a Research Specialist I (Preparator) at the LSU Museum of Art.

In 2012, she moved to Rockport, Texas to work for renowned granite sculptor, Jesús Bautista Moroles. While working for Moroles, she assisted behind the scenes with the making of his sculptures in his studio with his longtime highly skilled crew.

Renee' Smith now resides and continues to make art in Houston, Texas.