Romero has been making Jewelry since 1981, collaborating with ex husband,
Danny Romero, at first, until both drifted into different directions of
design, yet still being able to collaborate on joint venture pieces, until
has accomplished internationally acclaim, as an Artist of intricate, pictorial
inlayed stone work and metalsmith. Has traveled to Europe and Canada, for
special showings, selling out her work. She has been featured in Lapidary
Journal, Accent, Brentwood Beverly Hills and Southwest art magazine. Celebrities
of different performing arts, Musicians, and many other Artist own her work.
She has sold pieces to prominent politicians, and their families, a royal
family and corporate collectors.
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use sterling silver, 22kt, 18kt gold. I sometimes, still, pour my silver
into bars and roll them out into different gauges in sheet. I hand cut the
metal, stamp detail on pound of the hammer at a time. I then engrave or
do chase work. Sometimes a piece requires cutting into the metal and sanding
to give it a more 3-d effect. these are techniques which are ancient and
almost lost arts forms.
of my pictorial or geometrical inlayed stone work is done in a 3-d sculptured
effect, set into angled and curved metal work. Stones are selected for color
variety and quality. At times my work was considered, a lean toward the
feminine softer side like lady bugs, butterflies, humming birds, turtles
and frogs. The public at the time, drew few in interest, so I continued
with what was in demand.
times my creativity leaned toward the extreme masculine. Masculine represents
to me strength, and boldness, like Spirit Warriors, Cowboys, Ceremonial
masks, Buffalos, Horses, or other aspects, I felt compelled to apply from
my own life inspiration and experiences.
my plain silver. limited edition, overlay, starting in the later '80's,
I was able to do pictorial images, quicker and to offer a more modest price
to collectors of a wider range. One day while working on a "ghost cowboy"
I had a flash of what it would look like in stone. Thus began the beginning
of human and animal subjects for inlayed stone work.
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to a questioner for magazine interview on my limited addition silver overlay:
My art is merely, a reflection of my own consciousness, of how I have spent
or imagined spending time of myself walking in balance. It is how I see
my self connecting with the Sacred. It is also an influential place I go,
when I look out into the world news of chaos. I set my self back into my
art for one of my own sanctuary places. Sometimes it is very difficult on
different levels, to see and hear what the news has to bring,of turmoil,
tragedies and disaster. I believe, as many Artist I know, do, have a responsibility
to shed beauty, love light and hope through art medias. But this is not
necessarily a rule for all artist.
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silver overlay limited edition started around 1989-90, and was the inspiration
that started my higher end of 3-d pictorial inlay with faces of cowboys
and Indians, as well as animals. It hit me like lightning while hand fabricating
a 3-d cowboy in metal, what it might look like in stone. My creative juices
went back and forth from stone to silver sculpting.
pieces I had created came from paintings already finished, working on, or
"old" and "forgotten" drawings, in the '80's, adding
to my portfolio of drawings. I had found, even older ones, on paper that
were withered and torn. So I had been cutting and pasting the drawings on
sheets with other drawings, revising even more designs with the new and
I have never really talked about my heritage, nor thought it mattered, since
I really knew little about it. I only had the brief conversations with my
father, grandparents and great aunts, who mentioned being Cherokee and something
else. In the last few years I have worked into my family genealogy and found
my great grandmother(my father's mother's mother, Martha Neomi Meyers) on
the Dawes roll as an Oklahoma Canadian Creek (Muskogee Creek). She was only
allowed to register under one tribe, in which the other that was family
claimed was Cherokee. My grandfathers mother was also native, said by my
grandfather to also be Cherokee, but I have yet to find her birth certificate."