Rachel Romano is a figurative storyteller residing in Coatesville, PA, where she also maintains a studio. Her relationship with art was fostered from age 7 through sojourns to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her father, a poet. After many years and diverse careers in advertising and landscape design, she reconnected with her artistic vision when she attended workshops with Tim Hawkesworth.
Romano’s luminous paintings have a Shakespearean quality infused with darkness and whimsy, full of symbolism and allegory. She finds inspiration both in personal myth and the stories of others. The laughter, love, and sorrow of our lives fills her creative well. Along with this connection to the heart, self-exploration and the discovery of how we find strength through change and adversity enrich her work. Although Romano’s paintings and drawings are expressed in a traditional style, their meanings are undeniably relevant to our contemporary world. Often asked to explain her imagery and the stories behind them, she is capable of waxing eloquent. But she would rather that the viewer give the language and find the narrative, that they are ultimately taken "somewhere else" within the story.
Romano has been awarded multiple residencies in Europe, and her works are widely exhibited and collected in the U.S. and internationally.