Contemporary Painter Rachel Romano's connection to art begin 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.
She had always thought she would be a children's book illustrator, but found she could never manifest that desire. After completing a series of workshops with Tim Hawkesworth a few years back, she realized she wasn’t a storyteller for children, but a storyteller for adults. Her allegorical images, and underlying self/life portraits began to flow freely from her adult imagination. Rachel’s paintings took on a new life. She put fear aside, "not a fear of painting, but a fear of discovering who I am" Rachel explains, "The whole world blew apart for me - what I should and shouldn't do - and getting back to the child in me."
Rachel works full-time in her 700 square foot studio outside of Philadelphia, PA, She paints in oil on linen, paper or panel , with very thin layers of paint mixed with some lavender spike oil. She initially works broadly, putting down as many as 25 layers before going in with finer brushes for the final details. Her drawings are done in conte, chalk, shellac, and beeswax.
Rachel has been selected for numerous solo and curated shows, as well as commissions. She has been accepted to several residencies. In spring 2019 for 2 months in Greve, Italy; followed by a residency and exhibition in Bargemon, France in a July 2019. Rachel recently completed a month long residency in France in September 2017.
Her works are collected throughout the United States, and internationally, in The Emirates, England, Italy, Finland, and France.