“I had a friend once tell me that a creative person will implode if they do not create. I thoroughly agree. For me, the process is the reward. I have sewn since I was 5 and have always been fascinated with turning the fabrics into 3 dimensional forms. With faces of cloth-covered PaperClay, animated gestures, and carefully implemented details, my dolls come to life, each with a humorous story to tell. If they make you grin, they’ve done their job.”
After obtaining a degree in Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University, Neva logged in 25 years as a graphic designer in Houston, Texas. In 2004, she traded in her mouse for needle and thread and began her next career as an original doll artist. Since then, her quirky characters have appeared in galleries and exhibits, including CraftTexas. They have also been featured in numerous publications, including Art Doll Quarterly, Doll Collector, Soft Dolls and Animals, the books 500 Handmade Dolls and The Art of the Contemporary Doll.
TAODA artist, 2006 (Texas Association of Original Doll Artist)
NIADA artist, 2013 (National Institute of American Doll Artists)