Judy McDonald's dolls are inspired by Early American cloth dolls such as those made by Izannah Walker or Martha Chase. All are one of a kind, made of cloth with painted faces. The facial details are added with a fine tip pen and oil based color pencils. They are then antiqued and sealed. The dolls are signed and named for Judy’s ancestors with the names chosen from a genealogy book tracing her family in America back to 1675.
Judy is a lifelong artist and doll maker. For over 30 years she has painted portraits and landscapes in watercolor and colored pencil, while also creating dolls. Judy has exhibited her work in galleries and museum shows. She has taught classes, lectures and workshops for many years.
Judy is honored to have been selected as one of the top artisans in Early American Life Magazine’s “Directory of Traditional American Crafts” for 2015, 2016 & 2017.