At the start of the summer I kept nagging my daughter to get rid of a pair of eight year old VANS. When she finally did and I saw them in the trash, I became a little nostalgic (since she had them since 5th grade) and took them out of the bin.
I felt so silly because nowIhad the ratty old shoes and didn't know what to do with them so finally I decided to paint them. Since I started working with gourds I rarely paint on canvas. When I do, it feels odd because I've gotten accustomed to working on a curved surface.
It was fun to paint again and when I finished I had no problem throwing away the shoes. I see a whole series of paintings coming my way...perhaps a good way to get rid of things and get some painting practice in!
I'm a native of Denver, Colorado and grew up with a constant view of the massive Rocky Mountains (which I took for granted). Right after college I joined the Peace Corps and lived in Huehuetenango, Guatemala where the lofty green Cuchumatanes Mountains looked over me. Now I live in Southern California where the San Gabriel Mountains aren't usually visible (except on clear and crisp winter days), but nonetheless it is an inspiring place to live!
I'm a painter currently using gourds as my canvas. Their odd and quirky organic shapes make me smile and their warmth and visual texture are reminiscent of woodgrain.
I only do a few shows a year and spend the rest of my time making special gourd commissions and teaching Art to jr. high students in Orange County.