Diana Tollenaar's mixed media focuses on Fine Gourd Art. Educated in the fine arts she has been creating gourd art since 1999 up to this day. Now she is focusing on Southwestern Gourd Masks and Spirit People Dolls and Mission Bowls.She has been in several galleries in Tucson, Tubac and Green Valley. Now she is the featured gourd artist in Cactus Wren Art Gallery in Tubac. Her Gourd Art is influenced by the Southwest Culture
The process of creating a finished Mask or Spirit People is as follows. The natural hard shelled gourd of various shapes is cleaned and cut. Then she decides what is will become. First she draws on the gourd and it is cut with a mini jigsaw . Carved using a Dremel tool for definition and wood burned. This gives the art work a three dimensional look. After this process the gourd is painted with acrylic paints. This feature is like painting a 2D painting. Then it is wood burned again for definition. Most pieces are mounted on wood stands. Finally embellished with a variety of findings such as conchos, inlaid Turquoise, Magnesite and Howlite cabochons, feathers, leather, fur, beads, and other made and found objects. The finished gourd art piece is then ready. Most of her work is on the large scale as to make a statement.