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THE DREAM: HEARTS AND HANDS DOLLS

THE DREAM

I love to share my art, and to help others who are endeavoring to make the world a better place. A few years ago, as part of a fundraiser for a dance academy in my hometown, I got the opportunity to draw a full-scale proscenium and characters from The Nutcracker. The academy was built by the father of American ballet icon Willam Christensen, the founder of Ballet West and the San Francisco Ballet. It was Willam who brought the full version of The Nutcracker Ballet to the U.S. It was an honor to meet Willam’s daughter, Roxanne, and have her pose with my art.

Hearkening back to my fifth-grade experience, a few years ago I founded a company called Hearts and Hands Wish Dolls. Each soft-sculpt doll is lovingly crafted by volunteer seamstresses and then gifted to a child or elderly person who needs to know someone cares. I’m also developing a series of paper dolls to help kids celebrate themselves and the gift of life. We continue to forge charitable partnerships as we work toward supporting children in need.