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CaroleEggum and SheilaFink on Aug 23, 2015
Love this print, would have been very happy to buy the original but I imagine Angela kept it for herself. It's beautiful and the hand painted mat is awesome. Your work is wonderful Angela!
Debbi Decker on Jul 27, 2015
This is really cool! In fact, it is perfect for putting in a small photograph too! Love it and thanks!!
honeybadger1985 on Mar 9, 2015
I am so excited to have these! They are so awesome, unique and wonderfully made. Thank you!
Classic Horror Chic Creates Halloween Inspired Goodies!!
I think it's safe to say I had a pretty average childhood growing up in the mid to late 70's. It was average in that I had the *traditional' family life- a mom, dad and two older brothers.
What wasn't *traditional* were my interests as I was growing up. While most little girls were accessorising their Barbie Dolls, I was enthralled with (now classic) Monster and Horror Movies. Bella Lugosi, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney(s) Sr and Jr. were my Heroes.
Throw in a little Japanese Horror into the mix and I was just as into my Godzilla Movies!
Between the ages of 8-12, I was constantly fighting off sleep on Friday Nights when these movies usually aired at Midnight. I remember being hugely disappointed if I wasn't able to stay awake during the night...but then there was always Ultraman to wake up to!!!
See?? Now how traditional is that I ask you??
Funny thing is..my family seemed to nurture that love of Spooky Things. Buying me Horror Movie Books and building Classic Aurora Models of Godzilla, The Phantom of the Opera and The Forgotten Prisoner of Castle Mare. (As a Footnote the book "The Phantom of the Opera" is based upon true events by Gaston Leroux is a must read for any Horror Fan.)
As a budding young Artist, I found that the images from these classic horror movies is what truly ended up reasonating in me the most. I always found myself trying to draw tombstones to look like the creepy, crumbling images with the dead trees, heavy iron fences and the fog that were forever burned in my young mind. It wasn't a fascination AT ALL with death that I had. It was the beauty of those images that created this scenery that was shrouded in mystery and foreboding that made my imagination soar. Looking back, it's a wonder that my little butt wasn't planted in an Analyst's Sofa...lol
But, for whatever reason my interests were nurtured and I thank my Dad for that. He was the one that bought my books and my models- not to mention put those models together for me.
Over time I grew up..got a real job and had that job suck the life out of me for literaly half my life. When it ended, I didn't know what to do with myself. I thought about getting an office job. But by a strange circle of events, I walked into a Book Store and found myself buying 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron for no particular reason. When I realised what I had done, I was in the process of going to return it...as in, enroute.
But something hit me. It read, "There is no such thing as Coincidence. Only Synchronicity." and "Answered Prayers require Responsibility. You asked for it. Now you got it. What are you going to do about it?"
I had to admit this was true. I had told the Universe, I guess, by chance, that as long as I was at my current job I could never be true to myself. That was in Nov of 2002. Jan of 2003 I found out my life was changing when it was announced my store was closing.
It ended up being a blessing for me. I found time to be an artist. I started working in the Doggie Day Care Industry that same year. It's a regular job I love. Something I found I was good at that I take seriously. Over the years, I rediscovered my passions. They were the same ones as a child. My love of Spooky, Scary Stuff. My Classic Horror Movies. I had even taken up Photography in my walks of Historic Cemeteries. On a whim, I found myself painting my own images (not to mention a couple of things out of my own head). I found I loved painting nature..and with that, my old tombstones and gargoyles and stained glass windows I found on my walks. They make me what I am.
But my real pride and joy are my Halloween Ornaments. I love them. With these, I learned how to sculpt by trail and error. I pretty much taught myself how to do to these all on my own. There is such a sence of pride when they come together and come alive! I endulge my inner child when I create something Creepy Cool and Halloween/Horror Inspired for a tree! I hope you will find something in my little world that makes you happy, feeds your own love of Old School Horror and are inspired to support my shop so that I can keep that endulgence going strong! As I've mentioned before, every single ornament is hand cast, cleaned, primed and painted by myself. None of them are alike. Each piece is work of art on thier own. It is too hard to put a photo of every single individual item. So I have a representation in the photos. I wish I could do more, but you will just have to trust me. They are all awesome in thier own Special Ways! ;-)
I suppose that is *My Story*. I hope I didn't bore you with it...and I hope, that if you ever have any questions, that you will convo me here! I would love to hear from you!
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