Artist Statement

My passion

My artistry with gourds, driftwood, and rocks conveys my deep respect, appreciation, and love of nature.  I have always been drawn to nature's colors, forms, fragile intricacies, and the sense of magic that is all around us.  

 It can take days, weeks or sometimes even months to create a single piece of gourd art.  All elements in my compositions are done freehand, without patterns or templates.  Usually, I work improvisationally, planning as I go.   Most often, I will use pyrography to enhance the piece further by stippling shadows and textures.  The design continues to mature with the addition of color in, sometimes, a variety of mediums.  Extensive detailing, color, and the addition of embellishments adds to the magic of the piece.   

I think that one of the most exciting aspects of being an artist is the ongoing evolution that I experience in my work.   Creating on a 3 dimensional surface is not only inspiring, stimulating, and challenging... it takes my imagination to a new level and continually expands my creative approach.    Each piece brings some new discovery and joy of creation.