I am not a formally educated artist, but I have experimented along the way in several media. Nothing could hold my attention until I found gourds.
I first became interested in gourds in 2009. John Flewharty; a well know artist in his own right and a long time member of the Dallas Patch, can be credited for my initiation into this wonderful world of gourd art. I am not a formally educated artist, but I have experimented along the way in several media. Nothing could hold my attention until I found gourds.
Since joining the gourd world, I have taken classes from the best gourd artists and was able to incorporate their methods into my own work. Now I can use several varieties of techniques and media to produce my art work. I have had difficulty finding my “Signature Style” and was beginning to believe I never would. However, I discovered I love using the pointillism technique using bottles of fabric 3-dimensional paints. I never grow weary of using this technique.
They say an artist is their own worst critic. And, I am that for sure. To my surprise, I have won several ribbons from the organizations that officially judge gourds in various competitions. I am always humbled when I win a ribbon.
I have served three years as the Dallas Gourd Patch Leader and two years as the Vendor Chair for the Texas Gourd Society. I am a member of the Texas Gourd Society and the American Gourd Society. I would encourage anyone who is interested, to get involved in decorating gourds, and find a patch in their local area to support and to grow in this unique art world.
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