Family members can attest that I was born with a paintbrush in one hand and a doll in the other! I have wanted to be an artist since I could hold a crayon. In my teen years, I had great aspiration to be a Fashion Designer. I attended classes at Perkins Art Centre, University of the Arts and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
I hold a Bachelor degree in Graphics and Photography, and was trained at Drexel University, and Moore College of Art and Design.
I have worked in the music business on the art end creating album cover designs, photography, t-shirts, promotional packages, and one of a kind portraits. I have also worked as an Art Director and Graphic Artist for a international toy company, in the Product Graphics Department.
In 2007, I stumbled onto One of a Kind Dolls and all my passions came full circle. Today I paint faces that are in my dreams inspired by the beautiful people the Master artist has fashioned. I am obsessed with hair! I love blending colors, crazy about spinning dreadlocks, rooting it, making wigs and styling it, and I'm challenged by creating what seems to be impossible. Living the dream as a fashion designer, and jewelry designer in miniature. I've had a few orders from people that think that my dolls are real people! (One lady ordered my doll's gown for her wedding in Greece only to find out-- it was a doll dress! The price should have been the tip-off but we had a good laugh over it.) My creations are the culmination of many of the things I love! I love sharing my art with you!
“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” André Gide”
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say 'I used everything you gave me.'”
First and foremost, I am a Christian. My desire is to create One of A Kind Dolls created with the highest quality artist materials and fine detail. There is no other artist that I know of that can paint a palette as glorious as an Autumn sunset, a design so intricate and masterful as the human body, or create such beauty and diversity in all of humanity throughout all of the nations of the earth. My art is merely a reflection of the beauty that my Saviour and Creator has made!
Haute Doll Magazine
Fashion Doll Quarterly
Doll Customizer Magazine
Haute Doll Magazine Winter 2015.
Fashion Doll Quarterly
Haute Doll Magazine
In the Doll World : April 2020 (click for link)
Arts Avenue, Lindenwold, NJ
Metrodolls 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017,
Above all, gratitude to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, without whom I could do nothing!
Thank you to my supportive husband, Zor, and precious children: Shiloh, Jesse, Jade, Benjamin, and Nathan.
Many thanks to my parents for recognizing my art ability at a young age, and for giving me formal training. Thank you for your love, inspiration, encouragement, and for teaching me to seize my dreams & make them happen.
International Fashion Doll Convention.
2010 benefitting Children Affected by AIDS. one of 80 dolls created by fellow artists. see them all here http://ifdc.wordpress.com/
Dolly Hearts for OZ
Dolly Hearts for the USA
Dolly Hearts for Asia
Metrodolls charity events 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Travel Daphne : Travel Abassador raising awareness for fighting against human trafficking, raising awareness, and rehabilitation. Link here for Fan page and travel diary.
Thanks to Robert Tonner for his beautiful dolls and fashions; Haute Doll Magazine and FDQ Magazine; Dollyhair.com; RestoreDoll.com; Lisa Gates and Laurie Everton~ for the countless emails and questions you answered about repainting; to the Prego community~ for friendship and support, and the many people who have sold me dolls. Thank you especially to my faithful patrons, whom I also consider as friends, and the many wonderful people who have bought my dolls. I am blessed to know you all!
I would also like to acknowledge some of the people who have inspired me and challenged me in my daily walk...
My Family: my husband and children; my parents, my in-laws, Kristie-- my sister, my brother Phil , and my nieces--Kara and Ashley, my grandparents, my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jim, my Aunt Sue, my Aunt Lynn and Uncle Andy, my Aunt Bettie Fahs, my sister-in-law Christine, and brothers- in- law, Billy and David, TJ, Kristyn and Matthew, and my enormous family who are too many to name. I love you all!
Authors who have inspired me: Jim and Elisabeth Eliot, Joni Earickson Tada, Rev. Billy Graham, Nancy Campbell (Above Rubies), Phillip Keller, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien,
Teachers: Louise McDonnell, Rev. Thaddeus Pelczar, Dave Lafferty, Ed Godfrey, Maureen Pelta, Fred Acker, Dave Mortlock, Ife Nii-Owoo.
Spiritual Leaders: Rev. Thaddeus Pelczar, Father Kebreab, Father Tesfai, Father Vittorino, Father Lino, Rev. Robert and Lydia Santilli, Pastor Craig & Mary Lou Eby, Haven, Rev. Jack Hayford, Pastor Marty Berglund, Pastor Greg Ginion, Lori Greenwood, Steve Drain, Sean Dukes, Anita Wolvin, Karen Vitco, Father Francis Arakal, Pastor Cedrick & Lisa Brown, Pastor Tim and Beth Concannon.
My beloved friends from school & work: Mary Girone, Karen Abrams, Dave Raufer, Kim & Pete Musgnug, Sal DiPaolo, Ken & Rich Gorski, Lisa & John Sturgis, Frank Feudo Paul Dungee, Kathleen & Kevin Durning, Ben Stas, Ted Kelly, Greg Brown, Jeannine Travia, Debbie Ponist, Nancy Paxton, Carolyn Volpe, Elizabeth Loomis, Tara Neiderhaus, Kristin Magargee, Christie Oestricher, Kiran Patel.
My First Family in Christ: Holly & Chris Savage, The Drain Family-- Don, Louisa, Larry, Steve, Susanna; Kevin Ayers, Tim Benton, Andy Bruner, Ed Bruner, John Farrell, The Savage Family, Ed & Mary Herd, Bryan & Elise Stuart, Gary & Joyce Moody, Marie Urso, Anita & Chris Wolvin, Angela & Michael Goetz, Judy Worgess, Donna Radimer, Cherie Balsam, Bob & Lori Leek, Lisa & John MacPherson, Donna Spense, Nadia & Ken Emery, The Patsch Family, The DelRossi Family, Carlos Cintron, The Bohne Family, The Gambrell Family.
My kindrid spirits: Donna Brinkley, Sherry Isenbarger, Cheryl-Anne Patin, Carolyn Dean, Marsha Weaver, Mary Jo Fundock, Becky Kyle, Janet Caha, Alexandra Forbes, Cindy Wibowo, Isabelle Kenyon, Kari Denker, Laurie Leigh, Donna Antonucci, Monica Marin Kohnke, Ginny Williamson, and the members of The Secret Repaint Society, and the many amazing men & women in the Metrodolls Club.
Favorite bands: Rush, Yes, Jon Anderson, Journey (with Steve Perry), Jesus Culture, Cageless Birds and sooooo many more who give me inspiration while I'm working.
Living Water Homeschool Group, Janice Fischer, my amazing students of the National Art Honor Society at LWE.
Thank you also to the many men and women of the military who give their lives in service to the United States of America who have sacrificed their lives for freedom! And also to the many men and women who give their lives and service to share the love of Christ throughout the world.