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Gourd art and other unique folk-painting

I am a self-taught folk artist. I was raised on a farm in northern Indiana, but have lived the majority of my adult life in Brown County. From childhood, I have enjoyed sculpting and painting.

My dad introduced me to the idea of painting on gourds 30 years ago when he brought a gourd from the family farm in Tipton County to my home in Brown County suggesting I give it a try. At first I wasn’t sure about using this new object as my “canvas”, but I quickly discovered the many beautiful things one can create with a gourd. Now I grow over 100 gourd vines each year to keep me supplied with a variety of “canvases.” The process moving from gourd patch, to studio, to finished art involves many steps and I enjoy having a hand in all those steps; the planting, growing, drying, and scrubbing of the gourds, not just the sculpting and painting.

As an artist, I love finding inspiration in the various natural shapes of the gourds. To most of my gourds, I add an air-drying clay that I sculpt to create roosters, songbirds, owls, fish, and other animals. I also enjoy creating fanciful ghouls to help celebrate Halloween. My work is characterized by rich color, fine detail, and a touch of whimsy.

Another passion of mine is gardening. The flower gardens & studio were on the Brown County Secret Garden Tour in 2011. Come stroll & enjoy the meandering pathways through the flowers which will lead you to the gourd patch & an herb garden!

In 2009, my gourd art and miniature paintings were juried into the Indiana Artisan.



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