QUEEN CREATIONS HAND CARVED QUEEN
ANNE STYLE AND ANTIQUE STYLE WOODEN DOLLS
have always loved to draw the human figure and face and my artistic
career began shortly after I discovered the existence paper and pencil.
I graduated from Queens College of the City of New York with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy
been painting in oils and acrylics for well over 40 years when
about ten years ago I began to experiment with three dimensional art
first began working in three dimensions by making porcelain,
Wedgwood-like cameos. However once I had a kiln and knew the basics of
mold-making it seemed only logical to expand to two-sided molds. This
is how I began making dolls.
realized that for me, porcelain was too
indirect a method. Having acquired the basics of 3D, going back
to 2D was out of the question and so I decided to learn to carve wood.
lathe, one of mankind's oldest wood working tools, is based upon a
simple principle. A block of wood is positioned between two centers and
a chisel is held against the spinning wood thus evenly scraping away
waste wood. Early lathes were pedal operated. The doll's general form
can be quickly carved this way but the face must be carved by hand.
Many of the earliest dolls known to us were lathe turned with hand
wooden dolls has given me a unique opportunity to explore the
beauty of the human face in three dimensions. Creating a little
personality out of a hunk of wood, glass eyes, a wig and period costume
has presented a wonderful challenge to me as an artist and as a human
have recently moved from the hills of North Carolina with my husband
Michael and our toy poodle and tiger cat to the sunny shores of South
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