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Rachel Romano

Painting

I am a symbolic figure painter. I find inspiration in personal myth, and the stories of others. The laughter, love, and sorrow of our lives fills my creative well. It is this connecting to one's heart that brings the richness of story out in my paintings. I 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.

Many of my works are 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, and feels. I have a need to explore how we find strength, and change through adversity.

My paintings and drawings are expressed in a more traditional style, but their imagery and meanings are contemporary. I mostly paint in oil, applying many layers. My drawings are either pastel, conte, and gold leaf; or conte, watercolor, gold leaf covered in a thin layer of beeswax (encaustic).

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