Welcome to BOWDEN BABIES OOAK Nursery
About the artist
Hello again and Welcome! Thank you for your interest in my work...or rather my "passion"! Just a bit about me.... I'm a mother of three beautiful daughters. I reside in east Tennessee with my youngest daughter Abigail ...aka Abby! I am a Registered Nurse by profession, but choose to be a stay at home mom with my now 13 year old daughter. I have been sculpting for about 14 years now, full time. I have had an interest in art as long as I can remember. I am self taught in the art of sculpting, but always eager to see how other artist create their vision. As they say..."you can't teach an old dog new tricks" seems to be true in my case as I have tried other artists methods of sculpting but always revert back to the way I am accustom...which is basically no method at all. I often say there is no method to my madness as I have yet to create even my own true pattern in which I follow as I sculpt. Needless to say this style (or lack of) probably isn't the best way, fastest way, and definitely not the easiest way to sculpt...but it is how I taught myself to do it early on. I often feel as though I am just learning the clay each time I attempt to make a new baby...with each one being a whole new challenge! Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I feel, makes sculpting even more of a challenge for me...but I love sculpting and will continue as long as I am able to do so, and to the best of my ability.
Once I started sculpting..I was hooked! A large part of my heart and soul goes into each piece of art I create...and although my sculpts are never perfect, each one is precious, unique and individual! I am proud as any "new mom" would be with each new baby that I make...whether it be one that will fit into the palm of your hand or a chubby term baby! Many, many hours goes into each baby, regardless of size. I do strive for realism and I am always looking for ways of improving each baby that I make. My goal is to make a hand sculpted baby so realistic, so life-like...you can not tell that it isn't by sight alone! I realize I have a LONG way to go to reach my goal...but I will continue toward that goal. As long as God will allow me this gift...I will strive to make HIM proud above all. I've always had a "knack" for all things "crafty" I suppose... like drawing, painting, crafting etc etc as far back as I can remember... and for that gift I am forever grateful. However, It was not until I picked up a lump of clay, did I realize my true love and passion for art and what it means to create something wonderful and amazing from virtually nothing!
I would like to give a special "thanks" to all the wonderful ladies who have been by my side, along the way giving support/encouragement even when I didn't believe in myself or my abilities as an artist,..and who have adopted my babies, offered tip/suggestions/compliments on my work! Also a great big hug to those who inspired me from day one to continue doing what I love...THANK YOU for believing in my work even when I didn't!!! You all know who you are!!! God bless you all for your love and support of my heARTwork!!!