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Karen Lyons

Joined Mar 13 2010
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Seattle, WA, USA
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TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists

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Actually I started my interest in soft sculpture with classes in classical clay sculpture at the NYC School of Sculpture. I spent a lot of time at the NYC Natural Museum of History studying the animals and I would travel to the Bronx Zoo and do hundreds of sketches of animals for my sculptures. Eventually clay sculpture seemed too limiting and I liked the realistic warmth of soft sculpture. I settled on the cats because I have three cats of my own and I could use them as models. I decided my first design for KJ Lyons Design would be "The Cat". The cat was fiendishly difficult! I think my stubborn pride kept me going!  But this method of design set the standard for KJ Lyons Design; realistic soft sculptures using original clay sculptures to design the patterns. ....My interest in cats? They say "eyes are a window into the soul". Ever since I was close enough to look straight into the eyes of a black panther at Central Park Zoo I've been caught. The depth of expression in those eyes; It struck me like an electric shock, I felt as though I could see into other realms by just studying that face. I have always found cats to be very expressive and there is such diversity in the cat family, I could spend my whole lifetime just studying the feline family.

Polar bears are my favorite bear subjects, again, it's that amazing face!

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Reply Maggie2bears
3:05 AM on April 2, 2010 
Hi karen,
Just stopping by to see if you are enjoying the site. Have you tried visiting the forum? There's a lot to do. Many fun bear activities.....blogs, chat room, photo albums.....& more. I also wanted to Wish You & Your Family a Lovely Easter Day. Hope it's filled with Love, Laughter and a few chocolate bunnies. Wish it was going to nice....looks like rain. Big Bear Hugs.....Maggie
Reply sophiezours
3:07 PM on March 19, 2010 
Hi Karen!

I just wanted to tell you again how much I love your cats as they look so realistic and are so beautifully made. l am a cat lover and have got a beautiful and lovely cat : this is a real one. While I am typing, she is sitting near the door of the room, waiting for us to go downstairs as it is dinner time...

Lots of hugs,
Reply Maggie2bears
9:31 PM on March 14, 2010 
Greetings & Welcome. I've been a long time admirer of your wonderful animals. When I see a picture of your cats, I often have to look twice to make sure it's not real. Hope you are having a great weekend. Kind Regards & Bear Hugs.....Maggie