"I have always painted something or worked on some kind of art that is interesting and different. Using oils, inks, watercolours and acrylic paints, I cut, carve, etch, and wood burn gourds. Over the years I have won a few first class ribbons for my work, making bowls, jugs, various pots, and breadbaskets, all from gourds. Originally used for water and keeping food, the gourd is a very old type of squash that doesn't rot lasting for thousands of years. After creating gourds for a while,
I began making trays and baskets with 10 to 14 inch long pine needles coiled around the top that come from Florida. Needles from Canadian trees are not long enough to work with. Sometimes basket patterns are centred with wire circles, squares, and other shapes that are bound with waxed linen, then sewn, so I can coil the needles around. Each basket is original as I do not use a pattern. They are sewn with artificial sinew, and various centres include Agate. Some needles are dyed to add a bit of colour. Later I decided to use Basswood centred circles so I could burn them with various tools.
Larger cut and sanded Basswood hand drawn and burned artworks of animals, at times commissioned pets, are fabric-backed and framed in exotic Bloodwood, then sealed and hung. I really enjoy painting animals eyes in watercolour.
All the work is done by me by hand and can be used for dry goods".
Artist Website – www.phoenixartistsgroup.com/sue-bonifacio