I am from the Mid West and my character dolls reflect that. They seem to celebrate life with conservative values. I grew up in a large God loving, happy and funny family with many relatives that I saw frequently because of a cabin on Prior Lake MN. My aunts and uncles I loved the most, cousins were like brothers and sisters. We celebrated life. If there wasn’t an occasion we made one up. The adults played with us children and created wonderful memories for us. My heart is full of these wonderful memories and my dolls come from my heart.

I started my art education at Mount Mary College in Mankato and then on to the university of MN. While staying at home with my two children, I started making primitive dolls, soft sculptured, cornhusk, apple head until I discovered the polymer clay. I found my medium in Super Sculpey and realized its potential to make little faces in moments of sweetness and subtle humor, others rather outrageous just for the fun. When I take a lump of clay I never know whom I am going to meet next. Even when I have a specific plan in my mind, someone else inevitably shows up. I just welcome them in and in truth, these characters are most often the best company.

I love Native American art, especially the beadwork of the Plains Indians indigenous to my region. In the 1980’s I started making small replicas of Native Americans in their beautiful ceremonial clothing.

There’s no great mystery or deep meaning to what I do. I sculpt dolls for the pure joy of creating and having fun. In return they have taken me on this blissful journey meeting other doll artists, organizations, events and people whom I would not have had the opportunity to meet. I can appreciate my dolls for that gift they continue to give me.

TIPS & TRICKS : Annie shares some of her techniques (pdf)

Annie has been a member of National Institute of American Doll Artists [NIADA] since1996.