This is my first year at the Art-a-Fair and I am truly excited to be part of this Incredible Event.
My first experience with Gourds was over 24 years ago when my Mom gave me a book on gourds she had acquired at an estate sale. She handed me the book and said I think you could really do something special with this art form. I had always been artistic, art mostly self taught, just never really stayed with any medium very long. But that was soon to change. I went on-line to learn more about gourds and found a festival that was held in California at an actual Gourd farm called Wellburns (who knew that such a place existed). It was there that I booked a class and created my first work of art, after which I was hooked. So I bought a few hand tools and gourds to bring back to Arizona to continue my craft. I started looking for more information on Gourds and the Artists that worked on them. Since then I have explored different techniques and mediums to use including wood burning, painting, dying, carving and numerous other applications to get my art where it is today.
This canvas Mother Nature so graciously provided was something I knew I would never tire of. Each Gourd is so unique which is why I am so drawn to them.
With love, encouragement and support from my husband and son I have been able to sell my art full time for the last 6 years. From The Earth was my first Gallery Exhibit and once again it was my family that played a part in getting me to this next level (thank you Char). I hope to continue to share my love of Gourd Art with all that cross my path.
I have shown and sold my art at Fine Art Shows in Arizona and in two Galleries one in Los Angeles and one in Scottsdale, AZ. I have won awards including, Best in Show, Best Body of Work and first, second and third place Fine Art Awards. I have also won awards in Gourd Art Competition from first, second, and third place I am classified as a Master Gourd Artist in the Gourd Art Community.
I am a member of Art-A-Fair, Arizona Art Alliance, West Brook Fine Arts, Wickenburg Fine Arts, American Gourd Society and the Arizona Gourd Society. Additionally I have shown at the following Arizona Shows for many years: Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & The Great Fair in Fountain Hills, Mesa Arts Festival, WHAM Art Association, The Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts.