At an early age, I found that creativity can happen through trying new ideas and then reaching a little further. My discovery process is ongoing, even after my teaching career and into retirement. Through the years, I have worked with glass, cloth, clay, ink and wood, but my focus currently is working with gourds.
I am continually trying new techniques and materials so each gourd is a creative journey for me. Working in the round on imperfect surfaces and with a huge variety of gourd shapes and sizes, the process of decorating is always a welcome challenge. I may just paint the gourd, I may Wood burn it, I may use a wax resist technique, or I may carve it. I may add embellishments or weave the top edge with pine needles. I may add rocks and driftwood into the design, which gives added textures. As I complete each gourd, I realize that the journey for that gourd is complete and that my vision for the final product has become a reality.
I am basically self-taught, although I have taken a few gourd classes and I also learn from a few gourd books in my library. No matter what media I work with, it is the creative process that guides and excites me.
Aurora Gallery, Vancouver, WA
Broadway Gallery, Longview, WA
Camas Gallery, Camas, WA