Producing gourd art has become my undying passion. I began this long creation journey 30+ years ago first loom weaving, then weaving baskets and teaching basket weaving. I have always loved to create with my hands. I was exposed to gourds in the basket world and began to build an interest in their creative potential. I have been producing gourd art for about 12 years and full-time for the last 7 years after retirement from 27 years with the state of Texas. The tactile qualities and visual beauty of the materials I use inspire me every day. To create these artful pieces, I begin with the natural gourd and extensively clean, carve, inlay, wood burn, paint and weave on them. I also now use the alcohol-based inks not only on my gourds but on 2-d paintings as well. I love the fluid-like ethereal feeling these inks produce on both substrates. These days, I am most always lost inside of my imagination thinking about my next gourd art creation or painting.
Texture, shape, color and design, whether contemporary or traditional, inspire my creativity. Gourds with their vast variety of shapes, large and small, have become the canvas for my impassioned mixed-media expression of natural beauty working harmoniously with contemporary elements. Alcohol-ink paintings with their colorful, fluid and ethereal qualities complement my gourd art nicely.