I am a life long doodler and dabbler who has experimented with many things but have taken a particular interest in creating original, one-of-a-kind art dolls utilizing polymer and epoxy clay, sticks, wire, foil, yarn, beads, fabric, etc. I delight in bold features, colors and expressions and am often surprised by the faces and figures which emerge from somewhere deep within. I also create colorful,collages, paint a little and hope to someday get back into metal work (copper and silver jewelry).
A move to beautiful Colorado in December 2014 to be near family and allow me to be involved as “Gramma Kat” to my wonderful grandchildren has turned out to be an exciting adventure in many ways. I am thrilled to have found such a warm, welcoming and encouraging home in the Longmont arts community where I enjoy volunteering and participating with Arts Longmont, the Firehouse Art Center and other groups. Some of my work is available at The Red Door in Hygiene at this time.
My own art dolls and collections of paintings by friends and others have taken over every room of my home in dizzying splashes of color. Eyes wink and watch from every nook and cranny. Medicine Dolls stand guard. My basement studio contains a chaotic mix of materials, paint and overflowing bins of fabric, yarn and miscellaneous bits, keeping me mostly prepared for middle,of the night whims and inspirations.
I call my house/home/studio “hilARiTas” in the spirit of the Roman goddess of rejoicing and good humor. I don't think it’s a coincidence that “ART” is hidden in her name. I hope that this air of affirmation and celebration lights my work and brings a smile or unexpected emotion to the hearts of those who experience it.