Born in 1947, most early memories include paper, paints, crayons, scissors, bits of fabric, yarn and the gift from my parents of certain knowledge that I could do anything as I found my way into a career in art.
In school I took all the art classes available with a few private lessons thrown in. My Grandmothers taught me needle arts, the thread of which binds my life. After graduating from high school, I attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Boston Museum School. I have continued to take workshops and study new techniques under gifted teachers and with the help of many books.
I married Stephen Walmsley in 1972. Steve is an accomplished musician and in our two artist family he’s been a constant support. Our sons Dylan born in 1977 and Nathaniel born in 1981 shared our rural log home until college, marriage and children set them on their own life paths. I love building big things too so the designing and building of our house on 40 acres in Franklin County Indiana, is a treasured memory.
A doll sculpting workshop reminded me of my early love of fiber arts, making and selling dolls and toys. I’ve worked in a wonderful studio in Oldenburg Indiana since 1990. Here I create a variety of one of a kind and edition work shown at juried craft shows, exhibitions and museum shows around the country. I teach workshops, seminars and online.
Many books and publications have featured my work most recently the new NIADA Art Dolls, RichTraditions, New Ideas published in 2009 and 500 Handmade Dolls, Lark Publications 2008.
I’m proud to have been a member of The Ohio designer Craftsmen Guild, a yearly contributor to the Rural Alliance for the Arts and a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists. NIADA is now an international organization with about 75 member artist working in mixed-media figurative sculpture. Our mission is to educate the public and work to bring this art form into the mainstream of artistic life.