||Cheryl, a native of New Hampshire, had been a tole painter for 17 years.
A few years ago in Virginia – where she traded as The Southern Yankee – she grew a few gourds and experimented with different painting
techniques on gourds. In the summer of 2002, she began working with gourds almost exclusively ... a seemingly minor change that has, in her words,
"changed my whole attitude towards my art." Cheryl now works exclusively with gourds as her "canvas," bringing her talents as a tole painter to this new medium, and adding new elements – pyrography, coiling, beading, oil rouging, and more.
Paul, a Pennsylvania native and retired Marine, was Cheryl's "wood guy," creating the surfaces for her work and building small furniture pieces. Starting in 2002, however, he began his own work with gourds. His preference is geometric designs, but his oak leaf bowls have proven to be very popular at shops and shows.
Cheryl and Paul were juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen until they moved to northwest Wisconsin to live close to their four grandchildren. They look forward to building relationships with local artists' and craftsmen's organizations.