Deborah Finn-Romero - Photo courtesy of Adale van Dam Photography

Inner vision. Paint­ing is the most amaz­ing and beau­ti­ful way to express what we do not yet “see” in our phys­i­cal world. It is our win­dow and door to a place we all know exists but strug­gle to grasp in the day-to-day life of our mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion. Great art “speaks” to us and inspires us because there is truth in it. We may not always under­stand it or com­pre­hend it, but it is true nonetheless.

1977, is the year when Deb­o­rah first remem­bers her intro­duc­tion to meta­physics by a fam­ily friend, who taught her how to read tarot with reg­u­lar play­ing cards. She was 5 years old. Yoga, tarot and med­i­ta­tion were com­mon­place in their home. At age nine she would stare at a glass win­dow for what seemed like hours, imag­in­ing the most won­drous things. Years later, she learned this was called scry­ing (look­ing in a magic mirror).

In the late 1980’s Deb­o­rah for­mally stud­ied and was ini­ti­ated into a Her­metic qabal­al­is­tic spir­i­tual school that included in depth work with Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian mys­ter­ies, chakras, and other spir­i­tual dis­ci­plines. Her own stud­ies and med­i­ta­tion prac­tice is of great impor­tance to her.

In 1996 Deb­o­rah began paint­ing, under the guid­ance of her hus­band, sculp­tor Johnny Finn-Romero. He assisted her in find­ing ways to cap­ture on a two-dimensional sur­face what she per­ceived in mul­ti­di­men­sional space. Inspired by Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Alex Grey, and Leonardo Da Vinci, Deb­o­rah stud­ied their indi­vid­ual ways of expres­sion and tech­nique. Her own style is devel­oped out of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion of mat­ter and spirit, focus­ing on the mood of each piece as its own liv­ing and breath­ing entity con­nected by light and shadow.

In 1998, Deb­o­rah had her first con­scious vision of a corpse. It was her father. She knew he was dying and had been car­ing for him pre­vi­ously. He had been dead for 4 days, with­out embalm­ing, in the freezer of a funeral home. His jaw dropped, his eyes were shriv­eled like raisins, his hands were curled and knarled. Deb­o­rah took one look at him and real­ized “he’s not in there any­more!” and became elated. The ves­sel that car­ried him for so long no longer could sup­port him. The aware­ness of the direct rela­tion­ship between mat­ter and spirit hit her acutely.

In 1999, Deb­o­rah became a Reiki Mas­ter and began work­ing with hos­pice patients. In 2001, she com­pleted the Con­scious­ness Stud­ies pro­gram at Rudolf Steiner Col­lege in Fair Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia. In 2003, she com­pleted her reg­is­tered nurs­ing degree and began work­ing with heart patients. She is cur­rently enrolled in the Mas­ter Herbal­ist pro­gram at the School of Nat­ural Heal­ing in Utah.

Deb­o­rah spends one to two days a week work­ing with car­diac patients. The rest of her time is devoted to paint­ing and heal­ing research. She cur­rently lives in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, USA with her hus­band Johnny, their two chil­dren Rachel and Joshua, and Mys­tik — the dog.

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