Debbie Cain

 

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Maxk and Drum
Maxk and Drum
Twined Gourd
Twined Gourd
Gourd 1
Gourd 1
Portrait of a Wolf
Portrait of a Wolf
Untitled 2
Untitled 2
Mask
Mask
Untitled 1
Untitled 1
indian Maiden
indian Maiden
Tiger Portrait
Tiger Portrait
Loan Wolf
Loan Wolf
Owl Thunder
Owl Thunder
Leather Horse
Leather Horse
Lizard on Basket
Lizard on Basket
Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

When I did my first gourd about nine years ago, I was totally captivated and very excited to explore the possibilities on this new 3D canvas. I began with woodburning which I love immensely and still do. However, I was introduced to carving which was just as enjoyable. I use both techniques in most of my work today. I also implement 3D carving in several pieces.
There are endless opportunities available with a gourd. I have painted, embellished with inlace, embedded stones and add any natural materials I can fined such as pine needles. For example, I wood burned and carved a portrait of a buck and added an antler to the piece. In fact, this piece Debbie Cain in her Studiowas published in a book by Betsey Sloan, “Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds”.
I have done custom work involving portraits, particularly pets and grandchildren. I get a great deal of pleasure doing this. I completed a large portrait of a tiger and submitted it into the Arizona Gourd Society competition and won first place. I received two ribbons in the Yucca Valley Gourd Festival. First place for creativity and people’s choice.
I was a stained glass artist for 20 years however, gourd art is where my heart lies because your imagination has no limits.
dcain0516@gmail.com