Brenda Romero

   "Brenda 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 1995.
   Brenda 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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   I 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.
   Most 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.
   Other 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.
   Through 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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   Response 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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   My 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.
   The 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 old.
   P.S. 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."

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