Whirlpool of Lovers
30.25" x 36" x 2"
, watercolor over gesso on jelutong wood
Region: New Mexico
signed and titled lower left
"At some point early in my career, my works took a turn toward story-based creations. Around 2004, I also discovered the story of Dante’s inferno, and the two main characters, Dante and Virgil, as they encounter much drama while traversing the underworld on their mission. The works of William Blake came into my life then. Blake was described as one of the most influential (and most perplexing) of all British artists, and I can honestly say he was the inspiration for my own work, “Whirlpool of Lovers”. His watercolor rendering entitled “The Circle of the Lustful” based on the travels of Dante and Virgil, inspired me to create a relief carving representing a whirlpool filled with lovers as swimmers all heading toward the center, where a perceived Nirvana exists. To begin with, I sketched figures in various positions and then transferred them to the Jelutong wood panel before using wood chisels to remove the excess wood. Once this was done, each figure was finely sanded and then gessoed before painting in watercolor." - Marie Romero Cash

About the Artist
Marie Romero Cash is a well-known award -winning folk artist and writer in Santa Fe where she has lived most of her life. Her whimsical one-of-a-kind creations are in demand by collectors of all ages.

Primarily recognized for creating traditional New Mexican art for fifty years, in 2024 Cash presented for the first time to the public a series of acrylic paintings begun over a decade ago when a sibling was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

She is one of only five United States artists invited to participate in the 2019 International Folk Art Market and has participated in the annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe for over forty- five years.

The daughter of prominent traditional tinwork artists, the late Senaida and Emilio Romero, Marie has created large altar screens for a number of churches in the United States and in Mexico, including Stations of the Cross for the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, which have been viewed by tens of thousands of visitors.

As a writer, her early works focused on research-based books about the culture and churches of Northern New Mexico, along with a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe in the 1950s.

Later she authored a mystery series based around Santa Fe; a romantic novel about the Pueblo Revolt; a children’s book; and most recently, a second memoir, “Staying Afloat.”

Her works are in the following collections: the Museum of International Folk Art; the Gene Autry Museum of the American West; the Albuquerque Museum; the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the Smithsonian Institute; the Vatican; the Archdiocese of Santa Fe; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; and many private collections.