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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 was 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.