My inspiration for most of my dolls come from ghosts and animals. When I was young, I always loved the old black-and-white horror movies like “The Mummy,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “Frankenstein,” “Wolfman,” etc. I’m also a big animal lover, so many times I will create anthropomorphic dolls.
For every doll I create, I start with the head. I wrap foil in masking tape and sculpt over that. Making the head and face are my favorite parts. After sanding each head down to a smooth finish, I paint with acrylic paints, watercolors, and chalk pastels. My favorite area of the face are the eyes — it often feels like a little soul is looking back at me. Every once in a while, I’d swear they blink at me. It’s happened more than once, but I have heard other doll artists say they have experienced the same thing. It’s a strange phenomenon.
I also love creating the ghost costumes. There is something about the old, discolored fabric that contrasts with the white skin of the doll. It just makes them look more ghostly. I also underpaint all my dolls with black gesso before the skin color. It creates a better surface and gives the doll a more translucent appearance.
When I’m not making dolls, I enjoy painting and mixed media and have sold a few pieces. I also have been weight training for most of my life and try to stay in shape. It’s been a great stress release, and I can’t imagine not doing it. While I’m working out, I’m usually thinking about things I want to create. I also love just hanging out with my husband and dog and watching movies or whatever series we are binge-watching on Netflix!