Paper Doll Art
A message from the artist

artist self-portrait, red pastel pencil on gray paper

Growing up with paper dolls

My mother taught me to draw paper dolls when I was a little girl, and since I liked to read and was interested in history, it wasn't long before I began drawing period costumes - mostly based on the costumes in movies and television shows I saw with my family. By the time I was eleven, I was pretty good at doing library research to feed my hunger for more information on fashion history, a skill that made my school work much easier. But when I was fifteen, I decided I was too old for paper dolls and put them away.

All grown up with paper dolls

Years later -sometime in the 1990s - the internet showed me that while I was busy being a grown up, paper dolls had become a perfectly respectable collectible, even for serious-minded ladies like me. So with a sense of freedom I probably hadn't felt since I was about ten years old, I gathered up my art supplies and started drawing again. Since then my paper dolls have been published in Doll Castle News, OPDAG, and Doll Reader. In addition, OPDAG and Paper Doll Review have published several of pd-related articles by and/or about me. Oklahoma Education Television did a short piece on my paper dolls as a human interest feature for a nightly newscast, the Tulsa World did a Sunday feature on my work, and Tulsa Woman Magazine did a nice article.

oil painting of smiling toddler boy

Other than paper dolls

In addition to creating paper dolls, I also enjoy gardening and recently I've taken up painting portraits like one to the right. For a while I had some fun painting porcelain, especially small porcelain boxes. I got bored with painting flowers on porcelain, so I decorated some of the little boxes with faces from my paper doll designs.

Not alone with paper dolls

Some of my long-time customers may remember Little Bit, the studio rabbit. When we moved, Little Bit remained in Oklahoma and was adopted by the family who bought our home there. So my father bought Susie to become my new studio mascot. Just as Little Bit used to like to hop out of his basket onto my drawing board from time to time, Susie leaps from her chair to my lap whenever she decides it's "Yorkie Time." Frequent Yorkie breaks probably make me less productive, but I certainly have more fun than I would otherwise.