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Virginia Maria Romero is a religious artist and one of few non-Hispanic artists to master traditional New Mexican santero techniques. She was born to William Adelbert Phillip Holley and Victoria Theresa Mucha on 16 March 1952 in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, where she grew up as Ginny Holley. Her father was the son of William Holley, Sr. and Agnes Gifford Holley, to whom he was born on 28 November 1913. William, Sr.'s parents were Charles Holley and Katherine McCrone Holley who was from Dublin, Ireland. Her distant Irish ancestry is one of the principal inspirations for Romero's religious artwork. Romero's mother, Victoria Theresa Mucha Holley, the eighth of nine children who survived childhood, was born on 4 October 1916 to Józef Mucha and Agnieszka Szymezyk Mucha in Lorain, Ohio. Józef, a native of Russ, Poland, was born on 21 May 1883. He immigrated to the United States in 1896 where he found work as a shipyard worker in Lorain. Agnieszka was a native of Austria, Poland, where she had been born on 21 January 1882. Józef and Agnieszka wed on 24 June 1901 at the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lorain. Her Polish ancestry is the other major inspiration for Romero's religiously themed art. Józef died on 25 July 1929, leaving Agnieszka to raise their large family.Before she began to pursue art professionally, Romero was an artist on roller skates. Competing in Ladies Figure Skating, Ginny Holley Durand won the Great Lakes Five-State Regional Roller Skating Championship in consecutive years, 1979 and 1980. Her victories qualified her for a place in Classic Ladies Figure Skating at the United States National Roller Skating Championship. She made the finals of the competition both years; her highest finish was sixth in 1980. When Ginny was not giving dazzling performances in the rink she was showing her toughness. She earned a First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo on 12 August 1983 in Akron, Ohio.Romero has spent most of her adult life in New Mexico, having relocated to New Mexico in 1982. She married Alfonso P. Romero, a native of Northern New Mexico in 1987. Together they have one son, Zachary Louis William, who was born in 1989 Romero has a daughter named Holly Marie from a previous relationship. After living in Santa Fe for eight years, Virginia and her husband moved to Las Cruces in the early 1990s.Romero is one of only a few non-Hispanic artists to master traditional New Mexican santero techniques. Romero's vocation as a santera was the result of personal crisis. Following her mother's death on 28 December 1998 at age of eighty-two, the artist began to make devotional retablos, eventually learning how to paint with natural pigments on pine panels with recipes for paints, gesso, and piñon varnish that master santero Charlie Carrillo wrote out for her on small pieces of paper, which Romero still has.Romero's studies of the Crucified Christ are examples of contemporary expressions of a traditional genre of New Mexican folk art. S Wikipedia