Art vs Artist: Lisa Gates

"I have always 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. Growing up, I always loved to paint and draw but my art was only a hobby until 1997. 
At that time, I began ceramic classes which led to a couple of blue ribbons in the first two shows that I entered. 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 lead to my decision to became a certified teacher. Clients and other students often asked me to show them how to paint eyes and facial details. 

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. She was always painting or sewing herself.

One of my favorite things to paint or draw is faces with their endless possibilities for expressions and personalities.

My mother started collecting Gene and tried toget me to repaint her. She kept sending me links to repainted dolls. I did some repainting on a few Barbies for my daughters. 
Finally one day I was looking on Ebay and saw a repainted Gene. I turned off my computer, picked up my Gene doll and repainted her. I painted my first Gene in March of  2000, sold her on Ebay, and was instantly hooked!

I am always looking to try new things and improve on my skills. Right now I am starting to sew and sculpt things for the dolls so that I can bring some of my visions to life. 
I enjoy repainting and doing face-ups on a wide varitey of dolls. 
My biggest critic, besides myself, is my 15 year old daughter. My oldest daughter would be one as well if she still lived at home.  My youngest wants to approve the finished doll and continuously checks on my progress. 
I involve her a lot and it has turned into a wonderful experience for all of us.  We fight over dolls and outfits, but love setting up displays together.


Repainting has become my hobby, my addiction and my relaxation. I am very blessed to be able to be creative in this manner."


Lisa Gates


Lisa is among the most experienced repainters in our community having started with Gene back in 2000. Her blend of bright colors and unique palette make her stand out. From realism to fantasy, Lisa fine details and vision are an absolutely stunning combination. She can paint anything and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our community. Lisa's character is Wicked.





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