After graduating from Parsons School of Design, I worked extensively in the fashion industry as both a designer and illustrator; I left after sixteen years to stay-at-home with my children. While at home, I dove head first into the art of ART Doll making letting my imagination take over creating large whimsical figures. Using the tricks of the fashion trade, I design and hand-make all of my dolls costumes and most of their accessories…which I so enjoy!
Over the last few years I have seen my Art Dolls evolve quite dramatically. The array of new paper clays available to the contemporary doll maker has inspired me to push my imagination even further. In the past I focused on coarsely-textured facial surfaces and larger heads. My pieces now, while no less exaggerated in detail, are smaller, have smoother surfaces, delicate hands and enormous feet. Throwing caution to the wind, I now favor richer, textured fabrics and layer sumptuous patterns with reckless abandon; the result is elegant opulence. The excitement in discovering a new medium, the thrill in creating and the joy of teaching doll-making workshops across the country has made my doll making journey more fulfilling than ever!