Clare Romano, Arched Passages, 1993. Acrylic on canvas. 65x49 inches.

Born in 1922 in Palisades, New Jersey.

After moving out of New York City in the 1950s with her husband and two children, Clare Romano felt cut off from the art world. She was able to continue her work through self-discipline and a cooperative husband who shared childrearing and housekeeping. Eventually Romano received a Fulbright grant to study in Florence, Italy. The Italian cultural emphasis on architecture and color in daily life can be seen in Arched Passages.

Romano's role in the feminist movement has been to encourage young female art students. As an art educator for many years, she has tried to inspire young women to take on the challenges she faced--knowing the possible rewards of self-fulfillment.

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