Joined Mar 8 2010
Fine Wabanaki Art by...Morningstar
Gourd and Cypress Knee Art
San Diego County Gourd Artists
About MeI am a grown-up child at heart with 3 children, 1 stepdaughter, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous pets. I discovered gourds in 1998 and found they were the perfect artist's surface. Over the years I've experimented with many media and especially enjoy woodburning, carving and painting gourds.
Every gourd shape, each technique, all types of embellishments inspire me to new artistic endeavors. While I am still in the process of finding my own distinctive style of gourd art, I am having a great time learning from other artists and trying new ideas.
I am the regional coordinator for the San Bernardino County Patch of the California Gourd Society. I also hold memberships in the American Gourd Society, Canadian Gourd Society, Arizona Gourd Society, Fallbrook Gourd Patch, Orange County Gourd Patch, Redlands Art Association, National Wood Carver's Association, Society of Decorative Painters, Memory Box Artists, Gypsy Tolers, and am a published author.
I have had the honor of being a contributing artist to the Gourd Patch Quilt Project, the Gourd Patch Wall Hanging, the Canadian Gourd Society Wall Hanging, Ashanti Mother project, the Message In A Bottle project for servicemen and women overseas, and Gourd Calendars 2004 and 2005 published by Margie Malone. I have also been selected as a judge for an online gourd competition. Another thrill was taking part in the artwork on the California Traveling Gourd, in collaboration with another San Bernardino Patch member, Chris Souza. I have won numerous awards with my gourds and love to "spread the gourd glow". My gourds have been seen in the Jasmin Gallery in La Jolla, California and currently at the Redlands Art Association Gallery.
As well, I am an avid gardener and a large portion of my garden is now happily taken over by gourd vines.
I am active in my church choir and teach in Vacation Bible School. I'm delighted to be a member of the Red Hat Society and am an active Senior Center member.