Hand Painted &
By David Snooks
David is a Native American of Washoe Descent who produces unique
hand-painted and beaded gourds. David's gourds are in private
collection throughout the world and in several museums--California
State Indian Museum, Ute Indian Museum, San Diego Museum of Man,
Jesse Peter Native American Art Museum, and Museum of Natural
History Pacific Grove. David is a guest artist at the Grand Teton
National Park summer program.
The Washoe are traditionally from the Lake Tahoe region in
California and the Carson valley area in Nevada. They were
Hunter-Gatherers who later became know for their fine basketry.
Lillian Snook's David's great-grandmother; Leta Miller, His
grandmother; and his mother Juanita Snooks, were also basket
makers. His mother specialized in making traditional cradleboards
structured from the same willow weaving material gathered from
David's pieces are innovative and original in contrast to the
traditional practice of obtaining permission to use an elder's
design and then faithfully reproduce it time after time.
Although David has no formal art training, the influence of this
parents and culture are reflected in his work. Traditional colors,
themes, designs and materials (gourds and beadwork) characterize
his work, but playful aspects of modern and non-traditional images
also find their way into David's art.
Each group is an original. A careful balance of theme and style is
worked onto the surface of each piece. The graphic image may be
repeated, but the skillful application of the geometric designs
and beadwork are always unique, with the shape and size of the
individual gourd guiding the artist.
David's original work of Native American art have escalated in
value as his gifted creations have attracted the attention of
collectors. The gourd he has donated to the Westchester Rotary is
valued at $250.-$300. His larger pieces sell from $800. to $1000.
How to Take Care of Your Gourd
Placing your gourd in direct sunlight will possibly cause the
designs to fade. Because the ground has essentially turned into
wood, the artist uses a wood floor paste wax to protect the images
and provide its shine. If the gourd should start to dull over
time, simply buff it again with a clean soft cloth. NOTE: You may
add a little baby oil to the cloth while buffing to bring back the
ENJOY YOUR GOURD!
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