© Copyright Romi Behrens 2012
Romi was born in Wiltshire in 1939 and began painting when she moved to Cornwall
in 1959, on marrying her husband. Inspired by her love of Matisse, Picasso and Van
Gogh, she is largely self-
When Michael Canney, former director of Newlyn Art Gallery, spotted a painting by Romi in an exhibition he made her a member on the spot.
Jeremy Le Grice wrote: “Romi’s portraits are microcosms of sheer delight. The intensity of her pleasure communicates instantly and the rapidity of her application is hard pressed to keep up with the fleeting nature of her intuition and insight.
With the confidence and knowledge Romi now displays in her maturity white areas of
canvas speak for themselves in her paintings. This paradoxically increases the completeness,
with the sitter spot-
However, beyond exuberance, Romi brings into her work an essential humility. It is this quality that is carrying her to ever greater heights as a painter”.