Thank you for visiting my website.
I have been working for
eighteen years primarily as a painter until I discovered the wonderful
world of gourds! I caught the last five minutes of a
television segment on an artist carving gourds and stopped, transfixed,
because oddly enough I had just finished a still life painting with two
large gourds as part of the composition. After some reading,
research and MUCH experimentation, I was hooked.
The use of hard shell gourds has a very rich history in early primitive cultures and the challenge is creating fresh designs while honoring the past.
I use a palette of mostly natural earth tones, using leather dyes and wood stain. This approach lets the natural beauty of the gourd surface to still be apparent. The carving ( some are deep bas relief ) or incising is accomplised with dental and machinists burs.
I hope you enjoy browsing.
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