Specialty: Mixed Media
A longtime resident of Georgia, I received my fine arts education from the University of West Georgia. Trained in printmaking, my exposure to drawing with pen and ink began a 30 year experience exploring drawing with black ink, specifically stippling or pointillism.
A few years ago, as the result of an eye disease, I lost the ability to continue to execute my precise detailed pointillism drawings. I now direct my creative energy to an exciting mixed media art form that I refer to as 3 dimensional canvas with limitless possibilities. Gourds.
Gourd specimens have been unearthed dating back 10,000 years. You can easily recognize that ancient and modern pottery mimics the shapes of the various shapes and sizes of gourds. They have been used for vessels, musical instruments, masks and many other applications. I cut, carve, paint, inlay stones and embellish with leather or ink dyes, waxes and gold leaf. The rims can be coiled with waxed Irish linen thread, pine needles and natural materials.
I also utilize metals, wood, driftwood, beads and handmade paper. The shape and size of the gourd determines the design and treatments.
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