I love fabric, old lace, decorating, and coffee. Besides sculpting, my other passion is gardening. Our yard is filled with flower beds, that I'm constantly "rearranging". I've been married for almost 30 years to my best friend, Rick. We are blessed with three wonderful sons, and a beautiful daughter-in-law. I really enjoy what I do, and I hope that this shows in my work.
Me in my Grandparents' garden, 1961 (you probably could have guessed the date by looking at those bangs!!) I've loved flowers and gardening for as long as I can remember.
I create a unique variety of one of a kind items, including vintage style santas, snowmen, rabbits, chicks, Americana and Halloween items. I take pride in my attention to detail, as I meticulously handcraft each creation using paperclay, papier mache, or cloth. Mica, vintage trims, German glass glitter and tinsel, give my items a look that's reminiscent of earlier times. Some pieces are crafted in the Folk Art tradition, some from vintage or reproduction chocolate molds, while others look like they were handed down from the Victorian Era.
I'm so honored to have been chosen by the prestigious Early American Life magazine as one of this Country's top Artisans and listed in the 2008 Directory of Traditional American Crafts Holiday issue. The Directory has been used for the past two decades by curators at living history museums, owners of traditional homes, and motion picture producers for finding artisans to make period-appropriate furnishings and accessories for displays, collections, and use.
I was doubly pleased to be listed in two areas.... SANTAS and OTHER HOLIDAYS.Being listed in the Directory is an honor bestowed on a handful of artisans who work in traditional media, styles, and crafts, an award that singles out their work as the best now produced in America today. The artists are selected by a jury of museum curators, collectors, dealers, and respected authors. You can read more about it here: Early American Life Directory.
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