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.