Debbie Skelly

My love for gourds started when I moved from Brandon, FL to Maggie Valley, NC in 2005. I have always loved creating some form of art, mostly painting, but when I was introduced to gourds, that all changed. I saw my first gourd in a gallery in Boone, NC. from that day on, I knew that I wanted to work with gourds. I cannot imagine not doing gourd art.

My gourd designs are influenced by nature, Native American, and Southwest styles.  Because I love the critters”, (as I call them), often I incorporate butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds into my art.  In addition, I use dreamcatchers, bears, turtles, and kokopellis, which are in the Native American and Southwest styles.  I can actually incorporate anything onto a gourd.

I use a variety of media such as dyes, inks, polishes, paint and clay.  Carving and woodburning are used on many of my gourds. All-natural embellishments and beads are often used as accents.

I believe you can never stop learning.

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