I am a gourd artist turning hard shell gourds into works of art that last a lifetime through carving, painting, and pyrography.
As a nature lover, I find gourd art to be relaxing, rewarding, and intriguing. There always seems to be a new technique to be learned or created, keeping this art form fun and exciting. I especially love to carve. Sand waves, stippling, filigree, Oh My! Pyrography has been interesting and challenging, but the most difficult part for me is painting. Having never taken a class, a lot of trial and error takes place before a project is finished. The most important thing I have learned is that there is always a way to fix a mistake. I’m not quite in line with Bob Villa, calling my mistakes ‘Happy Accidents’, but thus far, I have never had to discard a project.
You can visit Pat’s juried Best of Missouri Hands page where you can get description and prices of pieces https://bestofmissourihands.org/pab2175/
Follow Pat on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hands-To-Hearts-Gourds-by-Pat-Berkbigler-107501857509928 She can also be found on Instagram @handstoheartsgourdsbypat