René Romero Schuler of Chicago, Illinois and recently Carmel, CA is a globally collected artist seeking to convey the full range of human emotions without reserve. Many of her works are named after states of being and or emotional, and life experiences–especially her own.
Take her painting Amity. Amity is defined as a state of friendship. The painting itself does a wonderful job of capturing the passion of platonic friendship between what appears to be female and male companions. It makes one consider whether we ought to fall in love with our friends like we do our significant others in an effort to show up fully. The painting harnesses the passionate power of fire engine red and is textured and splotchy in the uncanny, ethereal, technique Schuler is known for.
This work might even cause you to remember a time in your own life where you recognize the depth of the friendships you have. You may even consider how often friendship begets romance, or how often friendship is chosen over romance in an effort to protect the relationship. Consider even the male figure in Amity, as he is not fully painted red, showing a potential half-hearted friendship, a friendship being taken over by the romantic, or a friendship where romance is thwarted for the sake of avoiding total loss of a connection.
You might also notice the ephemeral, evanescent nature by which the figures are presented. They are tall and lanky, almost representing time or history. The figures are also never quite solid like the fluidity of human emotions; only meant to stay for a time and disappear.
René also tells the story of the flawed and defective, while leaning into the spiritual and the need to transcend and keep within the textural. The textural gives dimension and shows proof that Schuler fully takes the onus to engage the mind, body, and spirit in every painting.
Experiencing a Schuler work is equivalent to seeing her soul on canvas. Her works are as close as Miami and as distant as Beirut and Paris, while being permanent staples in several collections worldwide.