Carol Anderson’s career as an elementary educator required continuing education. During an uninspiring course, she began sketching, which led to her becoming an artist. Over the years, Carol has investigated several medias, finally settling on gourds. “Each gourd is unique,” she said, “and leads me in its artistic creation.” On most, Carol uses pyrography to enhance and sculpt the gourd. Many gourds are embellished with other materials, such as dyes, leather, shells, and beads. The gourds may be displayed as they are, or for dry arrangements, fruit or other treasures.
Q: What art medium do you work in?
Carol: Gourd art.
Q: Why that medium?
Carol: Gourds tend to lead me. The texture and various shapes are fascinating to me. Many times the natural patterns on the ground surface leads me to the design.
Q: What inspires you?
Carol: The Beauty of nature, the colors and smells of the outdoors.
Q: What is your preferred work environment?
Carol: My studio and outdoors on a cool day.
Q: Whom do you most admire and in what ways are you influenced by this individual?
Carol: Rosario Wilkie, a gourd artist. Rosario is a spark of light, with a dynamic sense of style. Always reinventing her work.
Q: What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as an artist?
Carol: I love what I do. Trying new things, but usually going back to my basic style, carved and burned vessels.