The Below statement is from Richard Simmon's Web Site
Artist Master Artist Annie Wahl
was captivated, my first glance at a doll from Annie Wahl was all it took.
A closer look andI fell in love. Her ability to capture the moment and
life in a character is astounding. No one does faces with humor and dignity
like Annie. Each one of her dolls looks like someone you know. This instant
familiarity brings the sculpture to life and makes them so magical, you
can almost hear their little voices. I knew this was something everyone
had to have.I was so taken by the talents and skill of Annie Wahl, she’s
a Master Artist. My dream was to share my passion for collecting her dolls
and celebrate the absolute art Annie was producing. We created the concept
for Nana’s Family and Annie went to work, bringing them to life.
The culmination of this idea with such a special finished piece was more
then I could have ever hoped for. I have collected Annie’s work
for years, now sharing this enjoyment with collectors around the world
truly is a dream come true.
Family Sculpted by Annie Wahl and reproduced in resin. Hand painted and
hand numbered with certificate. Boundless energy and tireless commitment
have made Richard Simmons a familiar face in homes around the world. His
characteristic sense of humor and enthusiastic charm have placed him at
the forefront of the fitness industry with a never-ending stream of ideas.
studies of art in Italy led to a degree in Graphic and Fashion Illustration.
His eye for design built his appreciation for fine works of art. As a
collector, Richard filled his home with an impressive collection of glass
sculptures from the worlds top glass artists. The devastating 1994 Northridge
earthquake shattered much of his exquisite collection, but not his collectorís
heart. Richardís passion for collecting took a turn when a friend gave
him a one of a kind artist doll. What began as one doll became a collection
that now fills every room of his house. Sharing his love of these exquisite
dolls Richard now presents The Collection of the Masters; a culmination
of Richardís creative direction, passion for collecting and his dream
to share the work of true Master Artists with collectors around the world.