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I am a symbolic modernist figure painter. My paintings and drawings are expressed in a more traditional style, but their imagery and meanings are contemporary. You must look deep into them, and yourself to decode them.
My artwork is usually focused around the feminine, and our roles and choices in society. As an artist it is important for me to connect to my deeper self, and question the WHY, the WHAT, and the HOW one sees, feels. I have a need to explore injustice, and the prejudices we put upon each other. How we find strength, and change through adversity.
I do believe that in some way we carry experiences of millennia through our DNA; and that I have been given the gift to express those experiences. Ultimately, I hope when people view my paintings, they are taken "somewhere else",
Rachel Romano's connection to art begin at age 6 with regular sojourns with her father to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These museum visits, and her father being a poet, planted the seeds of storytelling in her art.
A few years back, Rachel began taking workshops with Tim Hawkesworth to connect with her personal vision. She discovered she wasn't a storyteller for children; but a storyteller for adults." She put fear aside, not a fear of painting, but a fear of discovering who she was. Rachel let go of what she should or shouldn't do as an artist.
Rachel works full-time in her studio outside of Philadelphia. She paints mostly large canvases and drawings, and creates smaller monotypes. Paintings usually take 2-3 months to complete. Rachel works on several paintings at a time, to give breathing room, and not become too precious. Many times she will paint out or radically change an image if it is not working; even cut apart a painting. It is important to be fearless.
Rachel has been awarded several residencies in Italy and France. Her work is collected in the United States, and Internationally.
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