Having spent the majority of her life in urban environments, it is not surprising that Susan Romaine's images are often dominated by strong architectural shapes. Her work is further characterized by the use of a strong source of light, which invites an exploration of the images she presents by enticing the observer to enter the world her paintings present. The surprise however, is in what Romaine chooses to omit from her work. Frequently, her images of an urban environment are devoid of the humans who created it and the details often seen in everyday life.
This lends a timeless quality to her work and creates a somewhat unsettling statement about the brevity and isolation of the human experience. "Energetically, we humans move at a much faster pace, at a higher vibration that the environments we create," says Romaine. "It's as if we are compelled to build things and manifest structures to ground us; to give us a sense, however contrived it may be, of permanence and place. But once we've manifested something, we can move through it, within it, and all around it; but we are never again of it".
Although primarily self-taught, Romaine has studied with acclaimed artists. Though a juried process, she was invited to join the Oil Painters of America in 2001 as an Associate Member and has participated in their Eastern Regional juried show. She was invited to be the Artist in Residence by the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina for the year 2003-2004. She has enjoyed considerable commercial success since then with her work in numerous private and corporate collections as well as the Gibbes Museum.