Introducing Member Gourd Artist
CABINMADE ArtWorks Port Byron Illinois
I’ve been an artist since about the middle of the last century. You do the math. Most of any formal training I’ve had has been in high school classes and by the seat of my pants. I spent my working years as a draftsman, designer and senior designer with John Deere Harvester Works in the Product Development Department. I’m retired now and can devote a lot of my free time to concentrating on my artwork.
I work in many mediums, whatever feels interesting at the time the ‘mood’ strikes me. I’ve painted in oils and acrylics; designed business cards; designed logos for several area softball teams; carved in wood, plaster, and even Styrofoam (later coated in paper machete, linen or fiberglass); designed and built stage sets for the local high school; made large wooden signs, either carved, sandblasted, stained or painted; sculpted in clay; stained glass; stone mosaics (there’s a stone tree stump in my bathroom and a stone landscape on the shower wall); pen and ink drawing; portrait caricatures; cartooning; pond building and landscaping; costume design and sewing; etc, etc, etc. Most recently I've been working with carving wood spirits in driftwood. (I love my Dremel) and growing gourds and creating gourd art and designs. I'd like to get into watercolor painting someday ... I haven't explored that one yet .... but gourd art being my recent passion, the watercolors will have to wait.
I've had the opportunity to spend several summer vacations trading my woodcarving skills for room and board on a mountain ranch in the state of Washington and also a farm in Missouri. I also used some civil engineering know-how from my earliest job and subdivided several lots off the Washington Ranch, complete with legal descriptions, so owners could sell the lots. It's a great way to spend quality time getting my mountain fixes. Everyone should have a mountain fix every year or so! I highly recommend it. Just this year I started cartooning for the American Gourd Society's Gourd Magazine. I provide cartoons just for fellow gourders.
I also enjoy designing and building. About 25 years ago I designed and built a log home with my husband, and designed and built log furniture to go in that home. Most recently, with the help of family and friends, I've built a small log house on a trailer for transporting my wares to local shows, hence the name CABINMADE Artworks.
Check below for the link on how to make a Carvin' Cage that Bonnie designed.