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Darren Scala

Darren Scala

Community Member

Darren Scala

Darren Scala

Community Member

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I'm an unapologetic miniaturist! I've been passionate about the tiny for as long as I could remember. I was inspired at an early age by watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on television and fascinated by the tiny objects it featured. At 8 years old, I asked my father, a cabinet maker by trade, to build me a dollhouse. (This was not something a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1970's asked for!). With the love and acceptance of supportive parents, I was gifted a custom dollhouse which became the springboard for my lifelong love of miniatures and the drive to follow my passions without hesitation.

After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, I received a degree in communications. A longstanding career with Revlon, Inc., the international consumer products giant, followed and then I founded D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, a retail store and gallery in the historic lower Hudson Valley, close to New York City, where I began selling quality scale works and curated exhibitions including BadAss Miniatures and Wee#Resist.

I’ve always had a passion for miniatures. There is seduction in scale that ignites wonder. Miniatures truly capture the imagination and provide opportunity to dream, discover and explore. It has been my joy to create a space where I could introduce miniatures to the public and generate the same level of excitement I have for these pieces.​

Today, D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is the online destination for fine scale works via estate sales and auctions. I spend most of my time working with collectors and their families in the pursuit of finding new happy homes for their amazing miniatures.

In addition to sharing my "History of Miniatures" presentation to libraries, clubs and organizations (live and virtually!), I host an online interview series “Meet The Miniaturist,” where viewers are introduced to and hear from miniaturists from all over the world.

In 2020, I appeared as a contestant on The Biggest Little Christmas Showdown, a fierce tournament-style four-part HGTV series competition to build winning miniatures. The show was hosted by Tony Award® winning actor James Monroe Iglehart from Broadway's Aladdin and Hamilton and included a panel of judges including HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder, Dave Asling, best known for his work on "Welcome to Marwen," and June Clinkscales, a darling of the mini world. Winning teams advanced to the next round of this cheerful competition and in the final round, the top contenders crafted their most extravagant mini holiday houses ever!

For the past several years, I have also curated an exhibition of holiday miniatures to decorate Nybelwyck Hall, the fantastical dollhouse on permanent view at the Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, New York.


In my free time, I am a mentor, wish grantor and speaker's bureau volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hudson Valley New York Chapter. I'm also an active volunteer and former trustee of IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.

Oh, and I make miniatures whenever I can!