This is a sad note from which I have held back from posting for a while now. However, due to the recent comments and events from facebook and other social media that was shared with me (as I am not on face book myself) I feel compelled to respond in order that those who are unaware of the real reason behind these attacks might understand why this is going on.
About a year and a half ago, I received a negative e-mail from a very well established, miniature animal artist accusing another artist and myself of copying her work. She was very aggressive talking about this other artist, who has been in the business longer than myself. I responded to her, telling her that I happen to be a very good friend of the artist she was bashing, and that her accusations were untrue. I also told her that if she wanted to make an animal in a specific position, she should not get reference pictures from the same source that many other artists (including myself!) do: Google. The reference pictures I use are from “REAL” animals, not other artists’ work. I explained that in my response to the aggressive email I received.
During our email exchange at that time, this negative artist emailed me pictures of MY work from online sources and altered the original wording from my photos. I explained to her that not only had I saved all her emails, that her doing so was illegal and that I would pursue legal action if I did not receive an apology. This artist discontinued contacting me after that, and I never received an apology.
In October of 2011, I decided to take a break from Ebay as I had plans to build my inventory for shows in 2012 that I am scheduled to take a part of. Right after I listed on Ebay, I received a suspicious comment through Ebay from an unknown ID. When I confronted this person, and asked if they were the same artist who had accused me earlier…she not only admitted that it was her, but she also told me that she was going to use this new ( existing ) ID to sell plastic and resin animals ( including tutorials), and that she would copy the work of me and other artists.
If you search on Ebay, you will find that she has four animals listed right now , they are under miniature dollhouse and if you search 'highest first ' you will find it easily . And if you have seen my latest work and you look at her feedback, you will see that most of her recent animals are made after mine.You can also go to cdhm.org and you will find her there as well.
I have three new items listed at the moment on Ebay, and one of them is a Great Dane. This person has wrongly accused me on Facebook of copying an artists’ original idea. For the past year and a half, I have only prayed that God would work through her heart and let her find peace and happiness in her own work. She has been in this industry for over 30 years and has much to her credit. It’s sad to me that she would hurt her own name as well as others in this endeavor to bring other artists down.