About Diana

Arizona Fine Gourd Artist

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. She has been in several galleries in Tucson, Tubac and Green Valley. Now she is the featured gourd artist in La Esplendida 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 gourd 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. After this process the gourd is painted with acrylic paints and 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.