My love for miniatures started when I was a very young girl, but I really got into making “Mini Moments in Time” after my sweet father-in-law built me a doll house…right after my third son was born. He brought it to the house as we were loading the moving truck to move clear across the country. When we got to Georgia, I was lucky enough to get to work in a dollhouse shop for several years.
Although I don’t work on miniatures all the time now, it is probably my favorite out of all the things I do, simply because it involves almost every form of medium (and then some) that I have ever done. It’s not always possible to buy an item that I need for a custom scene, and I love the challenge of making something with whatever I can find around my studio and have it come out looking halfway realistic. Almost everything I am able to buy for a scene is aged or altered in some way.
When I bought the Brier horse for The Cunningham Farm scene, the lady that was helping me almost had a heart attack when I told her I was going to cut his head off and paint it to match the farm owners horse. Hey, it had to be done!
To make the scenes so personalized, I ask an entire sheet of questions about the person that it’s for. I get as much details as I can about them, the environment and what they are like. Many people have said that it was almost as if I KNEW the person, and had been to their place. I do enjoy me some detail!
Here are a few of my “Mini Moments In Time”.
The Cunningham Farm
I could go on and on about this one. It has always been near and dear to my heart, for several reasons. Number one…it was one of my very first miniature commissions. SO much of this scene is hand made, and there is more detail in here than you could ever see in a picture. I wish I had better pictures, but this was early digital camera era. EVERYTHING in the scene has meaning. I did most of this with a three year old and an infant in the room with me, and…I was working on this when 9/11 happened.
Bait & Tackle
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