Two baby dolls lie next to each other, one with a flower headband and fingers in her mouth and the other with a blue head cap.
Brettmann credits the lifelike, sweet facial expressions of her dolls for their popularity.

Growing up on the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic Sea, Croatian-born Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann always felt a compulsion to create. “I started drawing Rembrandt-style at the tender age of 5,” she said. “My family members were always supportive of my art.”

She knew that art would always be a pivotal part of her life, and she taught herself how to excel at different techniques and media. In 2013, she became a professional artist and her abstract work gained attention and adulation. “I have had many exhibitions and awards behind my belt for my large abstract work. I am self-taught, but I am constantly expanding my thirst for knowledge with continued education courses, especially in my doll creations,” the artist said.

Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann smiles while holding daughter Branka as an infant.
Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann, with Branka as an infant.
The artist holds the head of a sculpt that is a work in progress and is meant to look like her daughter as an infant. The sculpt has on a knit hat.
Brettman is releasing a brand-new sculpt in 2022 inspired by her daughter, Branka, as a baby.
A baby doll in progress wears a blue jumper and hat. Arms have yet to be added.
“Parissa will be 21 inches long, 11 pounds of a chunky love bug,” Brettmann said.

Around 2017, Brettmann gravitated to the doll world as a way for the artist to embrace her visions and her growing family. “My daughter, Branka, is 5 years old. She loves painting dolls with her mama, and she loves to play with clay. My son, Brody, is 10 years old, and at the age of 3, he was featured in Luxe magazine for his abstract work,” Brettmann said.

Her children have inherited her keen appreciation for working with their hands and their imaginations. It is only fitting that her offspring have influenced her current work in progress. “I plan on releasing a couple of new sculpts in 2022 of my daughter and son. My son and daughter are big inspirations to me,” Brettmann said. “They are my world! They are my sweetest gift from God.

“I am blessed to have some of the most amazing sculptors and artists as my friends. They have become like family to me,” Brettmann said. The artist, who currently lives on a ranch in Parker, Colorado, counts Bonnie Sieben among her closest friends and collaborators. “The nicest compliment I have ever received about my work is that I have angelic hands! That collector purchased my first prototype of my daughter, Branka, sculpted by Bonnie. She just ordered a custom from me of Beau as well. I love my collectors and they have been loyal to me and to my work.

“I create and paint silicone babies. That is what I do. I love newborn babies, and I will continue to work in that direction. I will keep improving and expanding my dolls in that medium.

Two baby dolls are posed resting on a white blanket. One wears a pink tutu and the other wears a blue jumper. Both have on knit hats with a large puffball on top.
The Hermes Twins are a boy and girl released in a limited edition of 20. “They are almost 9 pounds of squishy platinum silicone and 20 inches long,” Brettmann said. The twins are sculpted by Brettmann in collaboration with Jennifer Costello. These are painted by Brettmann, with clothing courtesy of
An baby doll with no clothes on poses with crossed legs and arms behind the head.
From attaining success as an abstract painter to establishing herself as a creation of realistic newborn dolls, Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann is at home in the world of doll artistry and reborn doll collecting.
A baby doll is posed on a blanket, wearing a pink knit outfit that includes rabbit ears on the hat and a white bib. Doll is holding a stuffed dog.
The purity and innocence of an infant is the driving force for Brettmann’s painting and sculpting. Her solo work, along with her collaborations, underscore her commitment to making her baby dolls come to life.
A baby doll holding a stuffed dog wears a hat and shorts.
“I love the newborn babies. I will continue to work in that direction. I promise to keep improving them and creating them,” Brettmann said.

“There are so many beautiful ladies in our doll community, like Bonnie and Kristin Englert, and I am grateful to know them. The town that I live in — it is a lovely small town and a close-knit community. The people are so kind and loving here. My collectors buy my work because they are attracted to the babies’ sweet features and the delicate silicone palette used to paint them. I am grateful and thankful to my collectors and my friends that love my silicone babies. They love collecting them as much as I enjoy creating and painting them.” Having endured the pandemic, Brettmann has focused on the positives that emanated from the isolation and the social distancing. “So far, it has not affected my doll business negatively. Instead, it brought my family and my friends closer together. The doll world has given me amazing opportunities. I am blessed.”

Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann
Nadaleena’s Nursery