Name: Daryl Poole
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
Birthdate: July 6, 1945
Family Info: Married, with one amazing 15 year old daughter
Medium: Mixed media, primarily Premo Sculpey
Type/Style of Work: I create dressed, figurative sculptures - usually 14" to 18" tall - with an emphasis on humor.
How Long: I completed my first figure in the "doll" genre ("Don Diablo") in September of 1997.
Professional Credits: My first works (paper mache' figures) were introduced at Spiritwerks Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, about 10 years ago. I discovered the magic of polymer clay, a few years later, and my work branched into animated, musical clocks, which have been featured and sold in galleries in Santa Fe and Cambria, California.
My dolls will be shown, for the first time, at the Santa Fe Doll Art Show, this coming April.
Comments: When my kid was about four years old, I bought her the obligatory Play-Doh set. She was bored, instantly. I, however, was up half the night, modeling something that looked sort of like a cross between Abe Lincoln and Homer Simpson. I immediately enrolled in a sculpture class at Elizabet Ney Art Museum in Austin.
After years of poking, squeezing, and prodding anything and everything from paper mache', mud, metal, wood, and anything else I could get my hands on (and in), I happened upon Suzanna Oroyan's book, Fantastic Figures, and my life was forever changed.
I visited the Santa Fe Doll Art Exhibit, that same year, and discovered a world I never knew existed.
I cannot adequately express the satisfaction I get from creating a doll. And, I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful resource we have in the Internet. It's a truly wondrous thing to be able to sit here at a keyboard, and have instant visual access to incredible artwork from all over the world, not to mention the invaluable help and advice from other online dollmakers!
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