Leigh, Rob & Jack at Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall.Visit Jack, click his nose
Most of my family are artists so it was probably inevitable that I might do something arty as well. My uncle was renowned watercolor artist, F. Douglas Greenbowe and his son Garry is also a marvellous watercolor painter. No one does what I do. I'm the kookie one. I blame my mother. She lured me into imaginary worlds through books, stories and acting out when I was growing up. We did the teapot with the tiny cups and saucers and plate of cookies and chocolate ladybugs under the full moon for the fairies to take and they did take them because there'd be nothing left the next morning. Mom taught my brother and sister and I about the oceans and explained about space and all the mysteries therein. She also gave names to bugs. Yes, it's my mom's fault.
Today I write fantasies as well as keep my hand in the art. My love of fairytales, the miniature world and the ability to create my own characters and give them life is what makes me happy. Just ask the ghost of Annabel Lee.
I also have two great men in my life, my husband and my dog.
I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Arizona and California. I raised two fabulous children who are raising their fabulous children and I am very very proud.
Bossiney Common, Cornwall
Now I did reside in Cornwall England, land of King Arthur, with my husband Rob and our dog Jack. We have recently moved to West Wales and I'll have more about that when I can.
We own Heartland Productions, a multimedia company that makes corporate videos and provides disc duplication. When not working and on weekends we hike the coastal cliff paths of Cornwall and venture into the magical woods both here and in Devon, always photographing and filming along the way. (Now Wales but still visit Cornwall, land we love).
Golitha Falls, Cornwall
Between work, exploring and discovering, writing about the ghost children of Ravensbreath Castle, www.ravensbreath.com and keeping a hand in with my whimsical creations, I haven't a single moment where I'm bored. Just the way I like it.
Here is a quick clip of our Jack exploring.
~ Highlights of career in clay ~
(Leigh Saunders until 2000)
Began creating then selling clay miniatures to local shops
and the museum in Jerome, Arizona where my family owned and ran the Hergest Ridge restaurant (now The Haunted Hamburger) and Jerome Palace Saloon.
Moved to California, supplied to Saks Fifth Avenue
in San Diego
Diane Powers, owner of Bazaar Del Mundo in San Diego discovered
the artwork at Saks and a long relationship began. The Gallery
at BDM carried my work for many years. It was Diane's idea to turn the standing horses, zebras, cats, cows, etc - the figurines and miniatures -into
unique wearble art strung on beads as necklaces and as earrings, pins, earcuffs, bracelets....
Commissioned by Mr. Robert Golden (Golden Hall) in San
Diego to create a dozen, 12-inch animal figures: 6 horses and 6 assorted
menagerie for a 4-foot high Carousel custom built by Mr Golden.
Los Angeles agent Sybil Roth (mother of David Lee Roth:
frontman for the rock legend Van Halen) represented and sold
my artwork to galleries and boutiques worldwide for 2 years.
She was the best rep ever.
Jewellery used as accessory props in films and several pieces
owned by celebrities such as Mrs. Dolores (Bob) Hope; Commedianne Rita
Rudner; Shelley Duvall; Richard Simmons (who owns many of my Dalmatian themed pieces); Oprah Winfrey; Sally
Jesse Raphael; Telly Savalas; Robin Williams; Mrs.
Henry Winkler, to name a few
Art demonstrations in the courtyard at Bazaar Del Mundo
- newspaper coverage: stories and photos
5 Galleries in Hawaii: including Sea & Shell and Madaline Michael's
Moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: artwork in Coeur
d'Alene Plaza gift shops