Artist's Bio - Amber Leliani

Artist, Human, and Day Dream Believer!

I am a self-taught doll artist currently residing in the Miami area. I am from the beautiful, decaying city of New Orleans, where I lived with my longtime boyfriend, our two feline minions, and a costume closet which is getting out of control. I like things that are a little odd; have a dark sense of humor; can't get enough glitter on me; really miss THE X FILES; and spend way too much time talking to my cats. I discovered art dolls purely by accident in the winter of 2010 and have never looked back!!

Each of my dolls is one of a kind & hand sculpted of air dry clay over hand built armatures. They are then painted and embellished with acrylic, pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink, paper, and often paper flowers, tinsel, dried moss, & glitter. I draw most of my inspiration from nature, fairy tales, folklore, Halloween, & the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.

I feel that we are on this earth for such a short time, we should honor all that is around us; enjoy all the beauty we can; and be as kind and compassionate as possible to every living being who resides here with us. My themes often depict forest spirits, moon goddesses, and every day men and women dreaming of, remembering, or embracing eternal love.

Having spent nearly two decades in the beautiful, decaying city of New Orleans, you will also see layered, cracked, and peeling paint as well as masks, voodoo dolls, bounties of flowers, and delicate window frames in my work. The frames on the fronts of my dolls represent the window into the soul.

I am the loudest and friendliest introvert you'll probably ever come across. I have a thick southern accent; a dark sense of humor; love to devour historical mysteries; can't get enough glitter on me; & dream of sprouting antlers. I spend my days working in my bright little studio; talking to my cat Patches; working in my butterfly garden; and watching re-runs of Grimm. And, of course, dreaming of all the little creatures I can bring to life with clay and paint. . .