I am a Master gourd artist from Green Valley, AZ. In 2010, while happily pursuing a long-imagined path into watercolor painting, my brushes and I were thoroughly hijacked by an ancient and fascinating fruit, the gourd. Early works borrowed from my past as I developed painterly finishes and colorful glazes for large tall body gourds. Before long I became increasing intrigued by the wide array of gourd shapes and sizes; they kept reminding me of other things. One day an odd little banana gourd put in in mind of a fiddler and “Roy, the Fiddling Cowboy” was born. From then on dancers, Shaman, golfers, yogis, musicians, and animals, like tall Jack Rabbit figures and huge Coyote, Javalina, or Cougar masks emerged regularly on my workbench. I still paint but now I use inks and lots of other skills as well. I drill, dye, wood burn, carve, sand and sew. I also order lots of strange things on the internet like Emu feathers, Skunk skins, and porcupine quills. It’s been a great adventure and I love it!
In the past 3 years I have begun sharing my love for gourds with other people who are intrigued by this emerging art form. Every winter, summer, and fall I hold classes in my beautiful home studio where small groups of students can learn how to turn a dirty field gourd into a stunning work of fine art. I’m excited every time I watch that transition occur especially in the admiring hands of a brand-new gourd artist.