Mary Lou creates unique gourd and glass art and
gets her inspiration from many elements of nature. Her joy of
living in the Sonoran Desert and her love of wildlife is often
expressed in her art.
She began learning about gourd art and working on gourd pieces in 2007 and began working with glass in 2014. Her gourd and glass art creations include a variety of styles including southwestern, contemporary, wildlife or eclectic. A variety of glass techniques are utilized to design her fused glass pieces.
The gourd art incorporates the use of pine needles, stones, jewelry, beads, fur, feathers, and cholla wood to enhance the beauty of her gourds. Woodburning, use of different dyes and inks, textured medium, and carving are some of the techniques that are used to give the gourd a varied, colorful, or earthy appeal.
Mary Lou is originally from Wisconsin and has resided in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2003. Mary Lou has been an occupational therapist for most of her life and worked for a short period of time in the interior design field. She is a member of the American Gourd Society and Fountain Hills Art League.