Trisha Romance

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Trisha Romance
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Trisha Romance
Education Sheridan College
Known for painting, illustration
Movement Americana, American scene painting
Spouse(s)Gary Peterson
Awards Order of Ontario, Canadian Artist of the Year

Trisha Romance, is an American-born Canadian painter and illustrator of popular realistic and idyllic subjects. Although Romance was born in the United States, she is a long-time Canadian resident.


Romance was born in Hamburg, New York [1] in 1951. [2] She moved to Canada in 1969 to attend Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, where she received a degree in design and illustration. [3] Along with her children and her husband, Gary Peterson, who is also her manager and promoter, [4] she lives in Niagara-On-The-Lake in Southern Ontario, Canada, [5] where she also maintains a gallery of her works. [6]


Romance's work commonly features domestic settings, family events, and holiday scenes. Often depicted are "ideal[s] in family life", [7] reminiscent of artists in the American Scene Painting tradition. She made her public debut with her work "Speaking of Spring" in 1978. [8]

In addition to her paintings, Romance is a published author. The World of Trisha Romance, an oversize book containing works by Romance, was published by Studio, a Penguin imprint, in 1992. [9] It contains 130 full-color reproductions of Romance's paintings, many of which have never been published before. [10] She is also the author of A Star for Christmas, a children's book published in 2007 [4] by Tundra Press. [5] Many of Romance's works are available as reproduction prints using the giclée process, as well as on posters and collectible plates. [11]

Romance Inn project

In 2010, Romance proposed to create 'The Romance Inn' on the grounds of the former Randwood estate in Niagara-On-The-Lake, [12] proposing a 100-room lodging facility and restaurant, as well as a cultural center with studio space available where "guests may explore their creative talents and be inspired by their own creations". [13] The proposal met with some opposition from local residents, [14] [15] and evenly divided the town council — the proposal only received approval when the mayor cast the deciding vote in favour.. [16]

Awards, honors, and media appearances

Romance is a member of the Order of Ontario (since 1996), [17] [18] the province's most prestigious official honor. [19] She also is a winner of the Canadian Artist of the Year Award in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. [20] She carried the Olympic Torch through Niagara-on-the-Lake during the relay leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. [21] Romance has been featured on Fred Anderton's "You Asked" series on CHCH News, [22] on 100 Huntley Street's Full Circle, [23] and on 'Person 2 Person with Paula Todd', a TV Ontario interview program. [24] The print of her work "The Bakery" won the 2002 Collectible of the Year Award from Collectibles Canada. [25]

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