I started decorating gourds about six years ago. I saw a picture in a magazine of a table covered with gourds decorated with a very simple design and was intrigued. I purchased a few gourds and experimented. I have no training in art work, so the internet and a couple of online classes helped me get started. I've taken classes at the Lone Star Gourd Show for several years and studied many gourd and weaving books. I've been a member of the American Gourd Society, the Texas Gourd Society, and the Dallas Gourd Patch for approximately four years. The Dallas Gourd Patch has monthly demonstrations on decorating techniques. It's a fascinating hobby and a continuous learning process.
I've entered competitions and received ribbons at several woodcarving shows, the Texas Lone Star Gourd show, and the Texas State Fair.
Jean Wharton Gourds, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see more
of Jean's work on his blog at: www.waltswoods.wordpress.com