Meet the Maker: Romelle
“I still have notes from my old school work that describe my life "20 years from now..." from me, as a six year old. I wanted to be an artist then, but I'm not really sure when that idea started or really solidified itself into reality.”
Q: Where did you grow up?
Romelle: I grew up in metro Detroit, and came to Colorado for college out in Boulder. After graduating, I moved away and spent some time back home in Detroit, and ended up in Denver again in 2018. I didn't plan on staying for longer than a few months, but now it's almost been two years.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Romelle: I still have notes from my old school work that describe my life "20 years from now..." from me, as a six year old. I wanted to be an artist then, but I'm not really sure when that idea started or really solidified itself into reality. It wasn't until after college that I started to run with a career in art, as I had the opportunity to be involved in a few art residencies which allowed me to really do the thing.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Romelle: Anything by Kiltro.When I'm painting, I end up listening to a lot of minimal house and techno music. Here are a few tracks from that playlist:
-Sans Cesse, Mon Chéri - Dominique Dumont
-In Another Room - Pional
-When The Past Was Present - John Talabot
Q: What are three words that describe your work?
Romelle: Gritty, energetic, intense.
Q: Do you recall the first painting you made?
Romelle: The first painting I ever made started out as a replica of a pixelated photograph. The intention was to study the transition, grid by grid, and observe what happened in the painted transition from digital to analog. The painting ended up being a super abstracted version of the pixelated image. My mom still has that piece. I don't remember the response being good or bad exactly, but I remember people telling me that seeing the painting made them want to paint too. That was motivating.
Q: Are you self taught?
Romelle: Yes. I went to art school but didn't take any painting classes. My emphasis was actually in screenprinting and photography. Painting came later for me, but I think that's why my style is so different. I don't know the rules or the traditional way to approach making work, so I end up combining mediums and messing with the canvas or surface beyond what's recommended (as I have later learned).
Q: It's the weekend. What are you doing?
Romelle: Seeing a local show, playing music with my band, riding bikes.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Romelle: The best thing about what I do is the creative community I've been able to be a part of.