Heather Kinkade never really thought of herself as an artist while growing up in Wyoming and eventually moving to Arizona for college.  However, it seems the seed was always germinating and finally emerged as her life as an artist bloomed in 2008.  It was the beginning of a new chapter in her life and she had an unquenchable desire to express herself in a new environment.  "It was like finding a new religion, I found art.  My talent flourished and my passion as an artist was quickly reinforced with multiple awards as a master gourd artist.  Every day my passion continues to be nurtured as I perfect my craftsmanship."

With close to 30 years in environmental and landscape architectural education and experience, she has a strong foundation focused on natural colors and forms that create the basis for all of her designs.  She migrates to deep rich colors and textures that reflect nature's palette.  Her signature has become her varied faux basket patterns and her faux leather tooling that is unlike any that has been created on gourds.  She carves, burns and finishes each gourd with color pencil or acrylic paint and sometimes adds a small embellishment.  She likes to challenge the traditional to think beyond the box and incorporates her love of nature into every gourd.  The result is a balanced and eye pleasing creation from once living material.  "I have a new view of the world and the more I learn about my chosen medium - gourds - the more I become entranced in their versatility for a unique piece of art." 

Through the years Heather has won numerous awards for her work including the Grand Master Award at the Wuertz Gourd Festival in February 2012 and at the Northwest Gourd Festival in July 2012

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