Monday, February 20, 2012

Artist Spotlight - Nancy Murphy

Nancy Murphy is an artist who draws with fire. She uses gourds and leather as her canvas. She draws her original art directly on the gourd and uses a wood burner to make the drawing permanent. For pyrography on leather, Nancy draws her sketch on paper. After making a few guidelines on the leather she free hands the drawing with her wood burner using her sketch as a guide for shading.

Nancy has mastered the use of a wood burner to get fine detail and shading in her drawings. Some of her designs are enhanced with special inks, leather dyes, paint, stones and/or other mediums. Her gourds and leather designs range from Northwest and Southwest Indian designs to flowers, animals and people. She calls her artwork “Just Gourds and Hot Leather©”. Each gourd and leather is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Prices for her works range from $4 to $85 US dollars.

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