Today’s Artsy Fartsy artist is Marilyn Sunderland. Marilyn is a gourd artist in the finest sense of the word. She took lessons from Mary Hogue, who was actually my very first Artsy Fartsy artist. Marilyn is a fantastic carver, and what she does with a simple gourd is amazing. She is also a member of the WARA and brought some very nice pieces to the show in November.Marilyn sent me some information about herself, and her art.My name is Marilyn Sunderland. I was born and raised in Columbia,Missouri, but I have lived in Utah for over 30 years. I live in Riverton,Utah, a city south of SaltLake, which strives to stay country. The valley is surrounded by beautiful mountains. I get a lot of my inspiration from the mountain areas, filled with beautiful foliage in the fall. Art has always been a part of my life. I have painted portraits, landscapes, and various other subjects with oils, acrylics, and pen/ink mediums. I also do wood carving and glass engravings.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Missouri, plus I completed a 2 year art course from the Art Instructions Inc. of Minneapolis. I have acquired carving certificates for classes completed in gourd and creative wood carving.
At present, I have put all my efforts in engraving on glass, wood and gourds. I love the relief effects of the carving and I enhance the carvings with my painting. I have won several awards on my gourd carvings from the Utah Valley Wood Sculpture Show and the Wood Carvers Show & Competition in the past several years.