2013

Distinguished Alumni

Trisha Romance, Class of 1969

Born in 1951 and blessed at an early age with a recognizable talent and a burning desire to pursue art, Trisha knew that this may not be the “road to riches” but indeed it was the “road to happiness”. To the humble artist from a small town in Western New York this was a vital ingredient to inspiration. Upon her return from her last “home” in beloved Sweden, she met Gary Peterson, the very person who discovered not only a personal love for her work but had the vision and belief that this was something to be shared. And so, with his care and directions, Trisha’s originals were exhibited throughout many shows in Canada, each one more successful than the last. After two years, all paintings seemed to take on a new commitment. A new life as it were, for colour, light and a dimension of love. Trisha has been honored with many awards throughout her career including the Canadian Artist of the Year, The Order of Ontario and most recently the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The popularity of Trisha’s paintings continues to grow, exceeding her ability to supply the demand. Since 1980, limited edition reproductions have sold out as quickly as they were released. Collectors from all over the globe have now been touched by her romantic images, and with three published books, limited edition figurines and most recently, collectible giftware, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy her work for many years to come.