About Renaissance Life

Renaissance Life is a non-profit, 501 c3 organization laboring to see individuals and community groups pursue creativity, excellence and holistically healthy, vibrant lives. 

By speaking, teaching and providing art resources supporting sound artistic practices, Renaissance Life aims to be a tool available to those pursuing the visual arts. Due to the rich history and technical skills associated with Realist Art, the bulk of instructional resources produced by Renaissance Life are focused on this genre. 

Cultivating creativity is a vehicle for wholeness on both individual and collective levels. Whatever your preferred medium, be it painting, drawing, sculpture, culinary arts, photography, home design and decorating, fitness and nutrition, science, mountaineering, etc; Renaissance Life aims to encourage and facilitate creative growth in the lives of the communities we are a part of. We were created to be creative.

Mission Statement: Renaissance Life aims to be a resource to those desiring to positively affect the world, through their lives and the arts, and to help individuals grow, not only creatively, but holistically (acknowledging and nurturing our whole being; body, mind and spirit).


RL Founder


  "My name is Coulter (Colt) Prehm. I am a husband, father, painter, speaker, writer, teacher, rock climber, and above all else a lover of God, people and creation. I studied art intensely and formally for nearly a decade, desiring to become proficient enough at the process of painting and drawing that I could use the mediums as a vehicle of communication; to share something of my experience of Beauty and Truth. My wife Liz and I enjoy spending time in the mountains, traveling, eating good food and simply loving life together."

Coulter has studied art with many of the top, contemporary painters of the day though the bulk of his study as been with Tony Ryder who is a dear friend, teacher and mentor. His work has been displayed at galleries across the US and has been featured in publications in the United States, Europe and Canada. Colt works in an advisory role with CEO's, city government leaders, and churches. Additionally, Coulter regularly conducts workshops and speaks at events and conferences internationally.


Associated Organization


The Ryder Studio, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a privately owned art school offering courses in figure drawing and portrait painting from life. Classes, which run from two weeks to nine months long, are open to students of all levels, ages sixteen and up. The studio program and teaching is led by principal instructor, Anthony Ryder and it's two associate instructors, Celeste Ryder and John Reger. To learn more about how you can study full time with Tony Ryder, see TheRyderStudio.com or to visit Tony's personal site click here.