As far back as I can remember, I always had to have my hands in something - whether it was "Play-Doh" or finger paints, I have always had a need to create. Over the years I've worked in many different mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, quilt making and soft sculpture. It wasn't until I started working in papier-maché that I really felt "at home!"
Using my background as a professional Graphic Designer, I design my creations based on the inspiration that I find in vintage toys and traditional folk art images of the past. Of course, I put my own unique and twisted touch on everything I create!
The Chicken Lips studio is smack dab in the middle of 1.5 acres in a small, rural Southern California town. My chickens and goats (Buster and LuLu) are a constant source of inspiration for me, and my faithful dog "Bruno" is always by my side.
I work primarily in the clay medium, sculpting each and every creation by hand (no, I do not use any moulds). Each sculpted piece is given a primer coat of gesso, painted in acrylics, sealed, details are added in oil paints, more sealing, staining, and then sealed again. It's a lot of work, but each piece has it's own individual character - one that will hopefully bring a smile to your face for many years to come.
I sell my Chicken Lips here online and also travel to several quality arts and crafts shows throughout the year - check the SHOW SCHEDULE to see where I'll be next.
And, if you're interested in learning how to work in papier mache yourself, be sure to check out my CLASS page.