A recipient of The American Watercolor Society’s High Winds Medal of Honor and the Ralph Smith Memorial Award Irena has also twice received the Watercolor West Award from The National Watercolor Society as well as two gold medals and a silver medal from the New England Watercolor Society.
Her work has been displayed in the prestigious Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial, China. Irena was recognized in Creative Quarterly’s 100 Best 2017 International Juried Competition and was awarded Best in Show in the Global Association of Watercolor Artists 2018 International Competition.
Irena’s illustration work has been recognized in Communication Arts illustration annuals and in Print’s Regional Design annuals. She received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and a Gold Medal from the Dallas Advertising Club.
Her clients have included HarperCollins Publishers, Little Brown Publishing, The New Yorker magazine, Toray International, Japan, Hormel, and many others.
In addition to being a painter, Irena is a Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.
Irena Roman Solo Art Exhibition
Irena Roman is the Traditional Artist Spotlight winning artist for the month of July 2018. She is a Scituate, Massachusetts, based transparent watercolorist. She is a signature member of The American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and The New England Watercolor Society. Irena is also a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with over twenty years of teaching experience.
In this series of narrative, figurative portraits, Irena challenges stereotypical views of aging by focusing on the vitality and creativity of individuals who have found a new vocation; their active and passionate engagement with creative pursuits developed after the age of sixty-five.
Irena’s Solo Art Exhibition will be featured on the website for the month of July 2018. The gallery will promote Irena and her work on the Fusion Art website, in Fusion Art’s Artsy.net Gallery, individual online press releases to hundreds of outlets, email blasts to over 2000 buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, in online event calendars, art news websites and through the gallery’s extensive social media outlets. Fusion Art’s objective is to promote the Artist Spotlight winning artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.
Please read Irena’s Biography and Artist Statement below as she describes her history and inspiration in her own words. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see her exhibition.
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Irena Roman’s Biography
Irena Roman is a transparent watercolorist from Scituate, MA. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston and an MFA from Syracuse University.
A signature member of The American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America and The New England Watercolor Society, Irena’s many awards include The American Watercolor Society’s High Winds Medal of Honor as well as two Gold medals from The New England Watercolor Society.
Her award-winning paintings have appeared in Splash: 20 Years of Contemporary Watercolor Excellence as well as Splash; The Best of Watercolor (volumes 9,10,11,13 and 18) and many additional venues.
Irena is also a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with over twenty years of teaching experience.
Irena Roman’s Artist Statement
“In this current series of narrative, figurative portraits I challenge stereotypical views of aging by focusing on the vitality and creativity of individuals who have found a new vocation; their active and passionate engagement with creative pursuits developed after the age of sixty-five.
I choose to exemplify the grace and wisdom of those who possess a wealth of knowledge that can only be obtained through a lifetime of experience.
Ultimately, what I’m most interested in is uncovering the intangible, ethereal nature of whatever I paint. In all my work, I aim to create imagery that transcends “the subject” so that “it” becomes a vehicle for symbolism and conveys a sense of timelessness.
This pursuit is a moving target and a life-long quest. I strive to preserve the fleeting illusion of presence, to maintain that exact moment of light when its alchemy transforms the familiar to the extraordinary. I find that it’s within this space we are invited to take pause.”
Irena roman’s light-filled watercolors have appeared in magazines, books, prints, posters, and calendars. An illustrator since 1980, she has received numerous awards for her work, including the Watercolor West Award from the National Watercolor Society. She lives in Canton, Massachusetts, with her husband, John, who is also an illustrator. This is her first children’s book.
The Story Behind the Painting: “Carol”
By Kelly Kane – October 2, 2018
“Carol is a transparent watercolor from ‘Second Wind,’ a current series of narrative, figurative portraits that challenge stereotypical views of aging,” says Irena Roman. “This body of work focuses on the vitality and creativity of individuals who have discovered a new, post-retirement vocation; their active, passionate engagement with creative pursuits developed after the age of sixty-five.
“At best, our youth-obsessed culture turns a blind eye to seniors, but by the year 2050, twenty percent of the U.S. population will be ages 65 and older. Now, more than ever, positive metaphors about aging are necessary! My goal with this series is to exemplify the grace and wisdom of those who possess a wealth of knowledge that can only be obtained through a lifetime of experience.
“After retiring from an exciting career as an actress and piano instructor, Carol Carter decided to take a writing class, which motivated her to write, illustrate, self-publish and market her own book, loosely based on her life adventures. A charming, vivacious, and down-to-earth woman, I chose to depict her from a low, dramatic vantage point in order that the viewer might feel as though they’re sitting at her feet listening to her weave a fascinating story.
Ultimately, what I’m interested in is uncovering the intangible, ethereal nature of my subject matter and striving to preserve that fleeting illusion of presence. Carol is a bonafide role model. I’ve learned so much from her and feel privileged to have been able to paint her.”