Emotional Realism: Gourd Art - sculptural, cut, drilled, painted, all from my imagination. Birch paintings on textured paper. Pyrography on wood.
For the past five decades I have been referring to my artwork as Emotional Realism.
Inspired by nature, I love the challenge of bringing life and dimensionality to my artwork which includes leaf paintings, landscapes, animals, birds and fish. Often there is an Oriental flare to my work, a result of painting in the style of Chinese brush for over twenty years.
My process, no matter the medium, involves the ‘magic’ of lines that define shapes and details as I construct the three-dimensionality that is a defining characteristic of my two-dimensional artistry. My painted gourds, primary medium since April 2019, are unique in the world of gourd art. In my shop I use miniature power tools to create the intricate cutting on many of my gourds and pyrography pieces.
I never use patterns and rarely pre-sketch unless I am doing intricate cutting of gourds or wood.