Hogue, Mary..is a self-taught artist and began creating gourd sculptures in 1998. I want my sculptures to elicit an emotional response in the viewer. I am inspired by the American West with it's rich tradition of native art forms.
The process of my gourd art begins at planting the gourd seed. There is nothing quite so inspiring as taking my canvas directly from the earth. I incorporate the natural colors and markings of gourds.
Through woodburning, carving, and inlaying, I attempt to create something truly unique with each piece, and to enhance the natural beauty of the gourd.