Exhibiting Member Since 2007
Whitney Peckman finds gourds intriguing in shape, and suggestive in markings, scars and field wounds. After getting wet moldy gourds from the field, she waits up to a year for them to begin to dry completely. As they sit in her studio, they begin to make their personalities known, and she begins to envision the poppies, roses, and lilies she will eventually engrave, carve and paint on to their surfaces. All of her work is drawn freehand then pyro-engraved into the gourd. The painting is done with acrylics and many layers of transparent glaze to deepen shades and tone.