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Conversations with Paula Whaley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula Whaley.

Hi Paula, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have been living and working in Baltimore for the last 20 years.

I am originally from Harlem in New York City. My work has come out of a need for healing, after the death of my older brother, who was like a father figure, I was devastated. A young sculptor suggested I put my hands in clay, he said it would be both therapeutic, and healing.

He was right, I discovered art can heal.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I must say, it has been a most rewarding journey of discovery and creativity for me. I was able to live and share my studio/gallery with up-and-coming artists. I was able to teach and hold workshops for children and adults.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am known for my Doll Artistry. and I have been creating for the last 30 years. people who are familiar with my doll sculptures (the eyes are closed,) because their in prayer and meditation, which has become my signature. I am most proud of the work I have created because it has come from memories and stories of some of the most incredible black women I’ve ever known.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
I always had a great deal of support, family, friends, etc. Before Doll Artistry, I was in the Fashion Industry, at 12 years old my art teacher was Faith Ringgold Wallace who recognized my talents earlier on. I became the premier Doll Artist for Dr. Eleanor Traylor and Maya Angelou.

My spiritual mentor Ms. Connie Razza Thomas, and many wonderful collectors along the way.

Contact Info:

  • Email: paulawhaley2103@gmail.com
  • Website: Google (Paula Whaley Dolls/Oneeki Designs)

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1 Comment

  1. Irene T. Whalen

    January 22, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    This was so wonderful. Thank you for publishing it. I am so glad to have her in my collection and to know a circle of people who have collected her for years.

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