Maple in Red and Black
gourd – hand carved (no power tools) and painted
My grandmother had a few dried gourds at her house and as a boy I thought they were pretty neat. I knew nothing about gourds but that childhood memory led me to do some investigating after I took an interest in art. I bought a pack of seeds and that was the beginning of a whole new adventure. My first attempt at growing them was hugely successful and I had more gourds than I knew what to do with. Once again, experimentation and trial and error were the rules to live by. Some of the first pieces I sold were carved gourds and that was a tremendous confidence booster.
Interest in other mediums led me away from carving gourds and it remains a small part of my work but I think I will always have a penchant for them. They are unique in that you can be a part of the process from seed to finished art.
This original piece is available and, as always, feedback is appreciated.