Artist Barbara Roman
Oahu Island News
Barbara Roman is a
true island girl. In 1997, she moved from the island of Manhattan to the
island of Oahu. Her work as an artist began at the School of Visual Arts
in New York City, and since 1983 she had been working with leading book
publishers, advertising agencies, and design firms – receiving many
honors for her work.
Now in Hawaii, Ms. Roman is
focusing on her true passion – fine art.
Working in varied and often combined mediums – pastel, acrylic,
watercolor, graphite and colored pencil. Her works engage the eye, the
mind, and the soul, drawing the viewer into deep and lively images of
Hawaii, where vivid oceanscapes touch intricately rendered skies.
Her schooling trained
her in the technical skills of drawing and painting, while her environment
taught her to be innovative and resourceful.
Recently her artistic search
took her to an unusual medium - painting on black industrial sandpaper
(intended for sanding belts) that she gets directly from the manufacturer.
When these paintings catch the light, the particles subtly sparkle,
looking like stars and shimmering water.
Although there is a sense of drama,
there is also a sense of calm in her panorama of Lanikai beach, an
8x39-inch painting, wherein her soft, yet vivid colors, along with strong
contrasts, create an almost mysterious glow. Working in a narrow format
such as this, she manages to capture so much in a small space, evoking awe
for the vastness of ocean and sky.
"To me Hawaii is breathtaking beauty and in Manhattan every 10 blocks
is another kind of neighborhood – offering different takes on every
aspect of life. I love New York as much as I love Hawaii, and now that I've
entered the fine art world, I'd like to bridge my two loves," says
Ms. Roman who now blends her New York eye with her adopted Hawaiian
Barbara Roman personally exhibits
her work at Tropical Farms every Thursday. She also exhibits with The
Artists at the Zoo Fence in Waikiki, and every other Wednesday she can be
found at Tradewinds Gallery, an artist’s co-op in the Windward Mall.
Ms. Roman teaches locally, guest lectures across the country, and
was formerly the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been distinguished as
the first Children’s Book Illustrator to exhibit at Border’s Books,
Ward Center. Her works are in many collections in the US and
mixed media artist Barbara Roman will be debuting her unique new medium as
the featured artist at Tradewinds Gallery, in the Windward Mall during the
month of May. If you would like to share in her Hawaii/New York state of
mind please join her for pupus, chocolate, and wine tasting, at her
opening reception on Friday evening May 9th from 5pm to 9:30pm.