Born in Jennings, Louisiana and now living in Austin, Texas, the self-taught artist known online as Ugly Shyla, has been making bizarre and macabre dolls for the last 21 years. Beginning at the age of 16 in 1996, her beautiful, unique, and creepy creations have found their way across the world. At an early age, Ugly Shyla aspired to become a nun, and although she ended up following a different path, religion is still a strong theme in her work. The wigs, outfits, and even shoes for her dolls are all crafted by Shyla with fine detail, bringing the dolls a sense that they may have had a miniature life of their own. Besides being a doll maker, Ugly Shyla also makes jewlery and ornaments and is an Alt Model and the caretaker of two handicap squirrels named Winkelhimer and Mr. Man. The doll I have highlighted in this blog, is one of the Pastel Angels and is in my private collection. She sits among my books and collection of oddities and even makes her way to our tree every December. You can find Ugly Shyle on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy (via the links) below and discover all the creations she has to offer.
As of October 2016, I intended to use this blog as an accompaniment to my Facebook page and Instagram page. On this blog I post information and updates about my work as well as once a month I highlighted an artist whose work I like (I stopped doing this when I opened my gallery www.GalleryBlueDoor.com). As of March 2017, I began posting a monthly Story Entry with an accompanying illustration of mine. In mid-2019 I took a break from this, but it will resume.