L: Can you give me some more information about you?
D: I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with my husband and 2 dogs. I have a pretty quiet life.
L: How do you work? Would you prefer working the day or night? Where? And What’s your background?
D: At my dining room table with my dogs laying at my feet. I generally do all of my artistic work in the morning and everything else in the evening. I have an arts background.
L: What art do you most identify with? And what themes do you pursue?
D: Gothic. Human suffering and religious themes.
L: What’s your scariest experience?
D: The cold fingers of a ghost stroking my right cheek.
L: Can you explain what happened?
D: I was staying with my father when I was 18yrs old in Covington, Virginia. While I was asleep, I was awakened by cold fingers stroking my cheek. I turned to see who was doing it, but nobody was there.
L: Who are your favourite artists?
D: Giger, Chris Mars & Scott Radke.
L: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.
D: Near death experience during head on car crash.
L: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
D: Musician, Antique Dealer and Engineer.
L: Why art?
D: I need to always bring my nightmares to life.
L: Why did you chose dolls, puppets and dummies? Describe your dark creations.
D: I love working 3 dimension. It gives a more realistic twist.
L: Your dark dolls are divided into: Gothic Dead, Vampyres, Ghost Girls, Victorian Mummies, Sideshow Freaks. But you’re also a painter and a taxidermist. Why did you become a Taxidermist?
D: I do paint, but I am not a Taxidermist. I re-think and recycle antique taxidermy pieces.
L: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
D: Numerous. I am always humbled by people’s remarks.
L: You said you re-think and recycle antique taxidermy pieces… do you do the same with dolls?
D: Yes. I use a lot of antique dolls and parts.
L: What is the first thing you do during the process of transformation of a doll?
D: Create it in my mind.
L: What food, drink, song, movie inspires you?
song-love old to new
movie-Stigmata, Exorcist, Dead zone, etc.
L: What do you dislike about your work?
L: What do you like about your work?
L: What is your dream project?
D: To work with S. King & M. Night Shyamalan.
L: What are your favourite books (for King) or movies of these directors?
D: I love everything King has written, but my favorite is Dead Zone and Carrie. Shyamalan’s 6th Sense is brilliant.
L: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
D: I hope to be completely original and not be compared to others.
L: What is your last artwork and what is your favourite artwork?
D: I work on 5-6 pieces at a time. I don’t really favor one piece over another.
L: What’s your favourite horror movie?
D: The Exorcist.
L: Do you like horror dolls movies? Have you ever been contacted for a movie?
L: You said you have been contacted for a movie… which one? Did you accept? I hope to see your dolls in a horror dolls movie!
D: I did accept for several. One was in France, not sure about the name. Another was a made for TV movie (again, not sure of the name).
L: What do you think about this interview? Do you want to say anything to the DarkVeins Community?
D: A shout out to the DarkVeins peeps and thanks for all of the support given to me around the world.
Thank you obscure Lady of Sorrow for the thoughtful interview.
L: Thank you Donna!