In the 1970s a friend introduced me to oil painting. I then took a few art classes at a church and a summer class in painting portraits at Savannah State. I painted seriously for a few years and then my time was taken up raising children. In 2002 I was introduced to gourd art by accident and fell in love with the medium. Wood burning is the basic of almost every gourd I make. Some are carved, ink dyed, and decorated with clay mediums. I am continually seeing new ways to decorate them. So far as my style, I have no style. I love trying new things so they are always changing. Most of the time I place a gourd on my kitchen bar and look at it for days. At some point it tells me what it wants to be and it becomes my task to try to achieve its desire. Many of my gourds have won awards at the Florida State Gourd Society Gourd Festival that is held every February in Melbourne, Florida, as well as being recognized in some of the Nouveau Art Shows at the Island Art Association.
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