I first became interested in gourd art shortly after I moved to Arizona with my husband, Stephen, in 2009. I’d never seen gourd art when I lived in Rhode Island, but after visiting the art show in Pine, AZ, I was hooked by the beauty and possibilities of creating art on gourds. I became aware of the annual Gourd Festival that occurs in Casa Grande, AZ every year that offers workshops to teach the techniques of selecting, preparing, carving, and, burning on gourds. I signed up for a couple of courses and the rest in history.
Since that first year, I have taken many courses and read many technique books. I use many different techniques in creating the finished product. I use a variety of hand and power tools to carve, cut, and also “burn” patterns letting my imagination run wild. My southwest-themed gourds feature nature scenes incorporating familiar objects like cacti, mountains, local animals, and birds such as roadrunners, quail, and the ever-present Kokopelli. I also do a lot of geometric patterns on gourds incorporating stones and antlers into the designs.
Artist website: GreatGourds.com