I am primarily a doll maker with a passion for creating original, one of a kind beings utilizing polymer and epoxy clay, fabrics, sticks, wire, yarn, beads, repurposed and found objects and miscellaneous doo-dads. Each face is intuitively hand sculpted, then painted with layers of acrylics. I delight in bold colors and expressions, often with exaggerated and/or whimsical features.
I am deeply interested in doll-making as a healing art form and have found that many of my beings are quite personal; representing some aspect of who I am, who I wish I was or who I wish I wasn’t. They tend to take a form which also speaks to other’s inner lives and questions as well; after all, we are all more alike than different. Nothing pleases me more than when a viewer stands for a length of time, staring into the eyes of one of my beings and is inspired to initiate a conversation with me about the feelings which have been sparked by the experience.
While some of my beings are deep and serious, many others are purely whimsical. The birdies, for example, have only one purpose and that is to bring a little light, joy and happiness to the world. Some spirit dolls honor the elements or other parts of nature. A shaman sometimes makes an appearance. My newest works are “The Wonkies” – colorful creatures with wild hair and distorted faces. I never know who or what is next.
I’ve been experimenting and learning this art form for about 12 years and love to be captured by a new idea or twist. It never gets old. I enjoy teaching in-person classes and volunteering in my Colorado community in various ways, having retired from a social services career in Illinois. On occasion, I will make a personalized healing or celebratory doll for an individual based on their specific needs (please contact me if interested in that possibility) but most of my creations arise spontaneously in a secret collaboration between my fingers and my imagination.
As my muse directs, I sometimes also create additional baubles and bits including ornaments, journals, book marks, mixed media talismans and more. For ease of locating the various kinds of items, my page has been divided into three distinct sections: THE BEINGS, THE BIRDIES and BAUBLES & BITS. I hope you enjoy wandering through them all.
If you ever meet one of my beings or birdies face to face, I invite you to pause and lean in close to hear their whispers. Each has a bit of magic to share and a story to tell.
Unique Little Love Angel
Unique LITTLE LOVE ANGEL will envelope you or someone you love in the warmth of her benevolent wings and charm you with her cherubic smile.
Hand beaded, machine quilted wings. Approx. 18” tall.
Tranquil as still waters, SERENA soothes and heals her friends with a gentle touch. Embellished with beads and a “jeweled” dragonfly pin. Approximately 18” tall.
Regal Wisdom Goddess
STANDING TALL, this regal Wisdom Goddess shares insight and ancient knowledge with all who come to know her. Embellished with goddess pendant. Approximately 23” tall.
Agnes, the aging hippie, hasn’t forgotten that Peace and Love are what life’s all about. A peace sign, beads, flower headdress and a hand sculpted pet bird prove that she’s the real thing. Approx. 17” tall.
Skeptical WONKIE #ONE is wondering just what in the heck is going on in the world today. Expect late night conversations on the topic with this fellow. He may disagree with you, but it’s bound to be interesting. Approx. 21” tall.
“The most Important Moment is Now!” hollers WONKIE #TWO with his toothy grin. He wants us to never forget this very important but easily forgotten fact. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow doesn’t exist. Yep. His truth is undeniable. Approx. 23” tall.
WONKIE THREE is as goofy as they come. She has a good heart but don’t believe a thing she says. Seriously. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Approx. 21” tall.
The Power of Three
THE POWER OF THREE – this cat shaman features an individually hand sculpted and painted face, sticks, shadow box belly, beads, fabric, bits of gold leaf and vintage found objects. Wall hanging. Approx. 15” tall.
Love is the Journey
LOVE IS THE JOURNEY/THE JOURNEY IS LOVE – This crow shaman features a hand sculpted and painted face, shadow box belly, beads, feathers, bits of gold leaf and vintage found objects. Approx. 16” tall. Wall hanging.
Butterflies are Free
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE – this cat shaman features a hand sculpted and painted face, found objects, sticks, fabric and homespun yarn. Approx. 16” tall. Wall hanging.
This FRECKLED HOOK-BILL is a terrible flirt and her supersized heart is always in over-drive. Admirers flock around her just for the chance to look into her blue, blue eyes and fall under the spell of her laughter; each one hoping that they’ll be the one who gets chosen for the last dance. Approx. 19”tall.
Raspberry Bulgey Brain
This RASPBERRY BULGEY-BRAIN is the literary master of the flock. She loves to quote Edgar Allen Poe and finds a way to answer almost any question you might ask with “Nevermore” then cackles like an old hen. Happy little birdie. No one has the heart to tell her she isn’t a Raven. Approx. 18” tall.
Golden Winged Sweetie-Pie
This GOLDEN-WINGED SWEETIE-PIE thinks life is absolutely delightful and delicious. If you need a dose of “happy,” she’s your girl. Approx. 18” tall.
Yellow-Cheeked Spotted Squawker
This YELLOW-CHEEKED SPOTTED SQUAWKER greets each morning with a song. Just let her know if you prefer rock and roll, country or an aria. She is happy to oblige with almost any genre. Approx. 18” tall.
The Aqua Parrottie
THE AQUA PARROTTIE is well known for it’s ability to infect human beings with giggles, guffaws and belly laughs. Caution is recommended as the condition appears to be highly contagious. Approx. 19” tall.