About Our Art
I am Linda Cowell of the Oak Creek Company. I am the creative artist behind all of the Santas I make; my husband and I work together to put the Santas in the hands of collectors who truly appreciate artistic talent and attention to detail.
We currently live in O’Fallon, Missouri, which is a suburb west of St. Louis. Our home sits on three and a half acres of wooded property, where we regularly see deer and wildlife enjoying the nature around us.
Our studio is in the basement level of our home, where each Santa is lovingly created as an original piece. The faces are meticulously molded, baked and/or hand-painted to give proper expression. The body is completely custom-designed from the pose-able armature or mounted bases to the final shape of each figure; the clothes are also hand-sewn. Many hours are spent here, working with a combination of antiques and accessories which will be used to capture the charm and personality each St. Nicholas will have.
Linda’s fIrst and only limited edition of “Santa’s Best Friend” was chosen for the cover of the Winter Edition 1997 of the “Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Showcase”. Linda’s work has been displayed locally through a show at the St. Louis Museum of Art, the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, and of course in downtown Historic St. Charles, Missouri. She was commissioned to make a special hockey Santa to be given to each of the members of the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team in 1997. She has also been featured in the “Best of Missouri Hands”, which is an artisan’s catalog featuring fine Missouri made arts and crafts.
She has displayed her work at the Kansas City Junior League Holiday Mart at the Overland Park International Trade Center several times over the years, as well as in Pittsburgh PA; Columbus, OH; Cleveland, OH; Minneapolis, MN; Indianapolis, IN; Lee’s Summit, MO; Columbia, MO; and all around the St. Louis area! Her list of regular collectors is growing every year!