am artist, teacher, coach, and mentor.
I create self-expressive, figurative sculptures (art dolls) that are symbolic, meaningful, thought-provoking,
emotional and life-enhancing.
My vision is to assist women to
heal and transform their lives through the mindful making of
figurative sculptures (art dolls) and art journaling and art
journaling processes. I have been doing this
work for 25 years.
The art I create, and teach women to create, express emotion,
personal meaning and symbolic imagery of the body, mind,
emotional spiritual feminine experience.
develop curriculum and facilitate classes (in person and
online) guiding women through creative, educational,
transformative processes in which they learn how to make
self-affirming and self awareness art. These processes
invite a woman to create symbolic images that allow her
to see and experience her wholeness, trust her
intuition, connect to her creative self, and find
meaning in her life.
is what people say about Barb:
is a very special place that Barb has created to go
deeply and be held by those on a similar journey at
the same time. It is amazing what can be done on
the Internet! If you have found this group you
are meant to be here".
is a fabulous teacher who loves to share her many
years of experience making whimsical and soulful
"dolls". Her doll sculpting process is a
form of creative expression that engages the psyche
and brings healing and insight."
Val Olson, Minneapolis
is not only unique, but compassionate, funny and knows
exactly how to make learning about yourself a
work is archetypal and inspiring as artwork for
meditation and reflection too."
workshops I took with her were life
is great at encouraging others to trust and believe in
"Her work is accessible, BEAUTIFUL and surprises
viewers into their opening up and healing their own
can trace the beginning of my own career as an artist
back to the day I spent with Barb in 1994, where her
intuition and creativity helped me see all the
possibilities within me."
you have the opportunity, read through her site, she is a
wealth of information and a kind, generous soul, who
really helped me learn and
love more about ME. "
is a creative genius who goes out of her way to produce
innovative, quality products. I cannot say enough for her
skills and her work ethic! Her skills have helped countless
around the world."
am the Featured Artist is
MN Women's Press magazine
for April 2014
the definition of what a doll is has been scrutinized by western doll
artists and collectors, whose criteria are based only on aesthetic appeal.
But others understand that
a doll should not only follow the rules and concepts for
what is pleasing to the eye, but
that it should also have the ability to cure,
to instruct and even to protect."
- Christopher Mahoney
Gifts you can receive from making dolls come in the
form of play, self- awareness, exploring
spirituality and receiving or giving healing.
On the surface the process requires time,
inexpensive materials and curiosity.
the surface it requires the need and desire to
explore your very being.
Begin the journey!
ART OF HEALING DOLL BLOG
me YOUR pictures and stories
your healing dolls
to Make Healing Dolls
of offering groups
About Medicine Doll experience
powerful experience to create a doll based on your feelings."
Medicine Dolls student
a unique hybrid of inspiring coach, creativity teacher,
workshop leader, and spiritual guide.
This unique training allows me to greatly assist
clients in accessing and using their creativity in
powerful ways to catalyze greater awareness, joy,
prosperity, and meaning in life.
Member & Mentor
WARM Women's Art Registry MN