Artist Rene Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwestern United States. She creates powerful images of strength and vulnerability that speak to the heart of the human condition: love, sorrow, solitude and heartbreak; yet, through these depictions of difficult subjects, she inspires her viewers with hope, fortitude, and ultimately, enduring strength. In Ladies, the figures Schuler creates are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the range of human emotions that she has experienced in her all-too colorful life. Her approach is personal yet universal and essentially intimate. The work is visually and emotionally affecting; it powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition and speaks to global and societal issues that continue to impact daily lives.