Gourd Artwork by Mark Doolittle
With a Ph.D in cell and molecular biology, Dr. Doolittle has become increasingly involved in wood and gourd sculpture over the last several years, employing his unique vision of natural form that is distinctive to this artist alone. His pieces reflect a creative diversity of form and function, and most feature fossils or minerals that are integrated into the overall design. Each piece is conceived and executed by the artist alone, using gourds or exotic hardwoods and burls from around the world. Although his style involves intricate carvings and texturing involving many hours of bench work, he never employs laser or CNC machinery; rather, each piece is crafted using rotary burrs and bits as wells as hand tools, such as rasps and chisels.