Lisa Gates - Dazzle'em Repaints
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My name is Lisa Gates and I have been a fashion doll artist since March 2000. I currently live in Texas, although I started Dazzle’em Repaints while living in Minnesota.
I loved Barbie but was really moved in 1992 by Bob Mackie's Neptune. My collecting blossomed after I received her as a Christmas gift. Then, in 1996, I discovered Gene at a local doll shop and my first purchase was Bird of Paradise.
I always loved to paint but my art was strictly a hobby until 1997. Around that time I began ceramic classes, which led to a couple of blue ribbons in the first two shows that I entered. Again, I gravitated towards creating figures with faces and soft, flowing eyelashes. I sold my creations at craft stores, by special orders and through referrals. This led to my decision to become a certified teacher. Clients and other students often asked me to show them how to paint eyes and facial details. I enjoyed helping them get started.
I have always been involved with art in some form. As a child, my mom was great about encouraging me by always having arts and crafts around and taking me to art camp. One of my favorite things to paint or draw is faces; with their endless possibilities for expressions and personalities.
My mother actually got me involved in repainting. She kept sending me links to dolls that had been repainted and telling me I needed to repaint some dolls. I did do some repainting on Barbies for my daughters. Finally one day I was looking on Ebay and saw a repainted Gene doll. I turned off the computer and picked up one of my Gene dolls and repainted her. The next day I went out and bought a camera and then listed her on Ebay. She sold! So, I went to the local doll shop and bought another doll and tried again. I was instantly hooked. I have been repainting ever since and still love it as much as I did when I started.
I am always looking to try new things and improve on my skills. Right now I am starting to sew and sculpt things for them so that I can bring some of my visions to life. I enjoy repainting and doing face-ups on a wide variety of dolls.
Repainting has become my hobby, my addiction and my relaxation. I am very blessed to be able to be creative in this manner and I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of this wonderful group.