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Patricia Boyd

Patricia Boyd took a trip to Africa that transformed her life. While there she saw how the people lived in joy without the material-ness of American society. She noticed that they used every bit of anything they had. Nothing goes to waste. She listened to their stories, and when she returned home, she knew she had to share what she experienced through her art, the way she knew she could express these inspirations the best.

She grew up creative in a creative family. Her grandfather built houses, and he always added his own artistic twists. She didn’t realize till she was older how significant that was in a world where houses tend to be cookie cutter boxes repeated over and over. Her grandfather inspired her to make everything special, unique and beautiful. Patricia loved to make jewelry, but he parents convinced her that she couldn’t make a living making jewelry, so when someone said, “You’re a nice person, why don’t you be a nurse,” that’s what she did, but her creative passion was always there.

Her trip to Africa refreshed her creative urges and inspired her to use that burning talent she has to create gourds that would reflect the hearts of the people she saw there. She saw that in Africa, people don’t through anything away. There were no trash trucks or big dumps and recycling centers. The people just used and reused everything. For Patricia, this translated to her using the parts of gourds that other gourd artists throw away. She developed an amazing way to create vibrant, passionate faces using egg gourds and paper clay. The faces silently express the thoughts of the person they represent almost telepathically. Her vibrant use of color and texture bring their stories to life.

Of her future, she’d love to have her work in the Smithsonian and the Getty, and she deserves to be there. But more importantly to her, she would love for the people of Africa to see her work and how she brings their stories to the world.

I have included below pictures of some of the gourds she has already sold. Seeing the gourds in this work is a challenge since these lovely sculptures take on a life of their own.

“I see gourds like individual fingerprints. As earth’s original vessels, each grows in its own unique form.
I want my work to tell a story and speak to your heart. . . .
"I see a potential in almost every gourd because there is so much you can do as you allow your imagination to be free.”

Patricia Boyd

Defender of the Weak

15 x 11 x 11


Miracles Unwrapped

19 x 16 x 6


Mended Hearts


Primitive Dance


Love on Display


A Little Day Work


7 Responses to “Patricia Boyd”

  • Raquel C Paxton:

    Dear Patricia, I met you in the early 2000’s at a Gourd Festival, needless to say your work is so spiritual. so beautiful. Watching your video you say you teach classes, I’d like more information about these for I would love to attend. Can someone please send your class phone number or location. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all. I want to learn more gourd art techniques.


  • You’re just so awesome!

  • Sue Burger:

    I’m 76 and I recently became involved with gourd figures. I’ve made a few masks but the figures are what interest me the most and was so intrigued with your work that I started an African figure. Taking one of your classes would be a joy, however, I live in Boulder City Nevada and I’m still working. When I retire, hopefully this year, I would love to come to California and take one of your classes. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to your beautiful work.

  • Hi Patricia
    I love your art work and would like for you to see them. I create my art work with paper clay based on people, animal and abstract art.
    You can e-mail me at my address. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Joy R.:

    Just discovered your beautiful work. I am awed with the intricate details and the soul and spirit they embody. I understand that you are currently on a hiatus. Rest well, dear sister and my prayer is that you will take up your creative handiwork soon. Would love to buy a piece of your legacy.

  • Dione Scurry - Anita Hirsh:

    Hello Patricia;

    We are interested to know if you have additional gourd pieces. I got your name from Anita, she has your work prominently displayed in her home. We would both like very much to speak with you.

    Thank you,


  • Barbara Miller:

    Hi patricia,
    is The Stand available? Also where do I see what you do dhave available and how to do I buy? Thank you.

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