Avant guarde in a movement championed for being emphatically American in spirit, monumental in scale, romantic in mood, and expressive of a rugged individual freedom. It is called Action Painting, but brings a presence to the
attention paid to the surface qualities, i.e. qualities of brush and pallet
knife together with texture, the adoption of the act of painting itself as a
means of visual communication, and attempting to transfer pure emotion directly onto the canvas. Romaine uses color and materials is oils, acrylics, mixed media and glazes which transmit an emotional energy excitement brought to the viewer. These paintings are
made of shapes, lines, forms, not meant to depict a reality but still can be
visible in one’s imagination. It is a spontaneous and physical process,
spiritual in nature, in order to present an immediate response to emotion.
There are some aggressive applications of paint through free knife and brush
studies to create intense emotional imagery but remains a process coming from nature. Understanding the symbols in some of the paintings are creations of the Dreaming which are Aboriginal in nature. They are designs,
patterns, or meaningful works originating with the Australian
Aborigine. Combinations of repetition, variations, symmetry, and
asymmetry from a group of Australian paintings, ultimately derived from
the Dream Time, which is the power filled ground of Australian
existence. Dreamings create the patterns of the world that manifest
their presence as signs of what is shared in this artistic abstraction. It
is a common conception of intentionally meaningful forms or signs. In
these works Romaine has created an awareness of global movements in a sense of primitive art which rely on the functional depiction of aesthetic considerations of the mixing of land and water. These artistic works are an expression of a style which is a language in the forms found in the persisting structure of available land forms. We are helped to see the work as art:
Waterhole, Fire, Campsite, A man or a woman,A sinuous line that can stand for water, lightning and Stars.
Understanding the process of painting means understanding something of human desire to express oneself. “It is far better to capture the glorious
spirit in the power of the sea than to paint all of its tiny ripples.” It
is not a picture but an event. The type of gestures that Romaine puts on
the canvas is a liberation from value, a physicality of clotted and oil caked
surfaces. It is a key to understanding the unconscious part of the psyche to
assert and express itself using symbol and signs as part of imagery.,
Romaine releases energy, a nonverbal attitude similar to music. The paint
might appear to be randomly placed but it is actually planned with
orchestration. This style is also related to Surrealism with an
emphasis on working from the unconscious mind. It is the importance of
passion in art and the essence of composition and design that holds it’s
In my "Walkabout" Series of Paintings.....
Symbols are the letters or words of visual language and only acquire full meaning as part of a design or pattern. A concentric circle in my paintings usually indicates a waterhole or a rock, but it can also represent a tree or a campfire. Straight lines indicate journeying and show the pathway travelled by the Ancestral Beings in the Dreamtime. (Australian Aboriginal afterlife) Body decoration in particular is used widely and the repetition of linear design is another source of imagery for the Art Form I use in these paintings. The numbers represent the Longitude and Latitude of the Ancestral Maps travelled.....
Every painting is an expression of a style of language in which the forms are found and the qualities are set forth.
Highly civilized and very tired brains feel the need to adore the rough force of the primitive, to dream of the noble savage and to attribute to him mythical virtues. It is creative and imaginative and makes the Maps of their Country more meaningful.