Portfolio > Pumpkin Painting

2022 is my second year working as a pumpkin artist at the Minnesota Zoo. The art pumpkins are part of a fall event called "Jack-o-Lantern-Spectacular", a display of thousands of freshly carved pumpkins along a half mile path through the woods. About 150 large art pumpkins are displayed alongside smaller, traditionally carved pumpkins.

The art pumpkins are very large, weighing between 80 to more than 100 pounds. The drawings are made with alcohol ink markers, paint brushes and liquid ink. Once a drawing is completed, the pumpkin's surface is lightly carved to create highlights. When ready to display, the pumpkins are cut open through the back and the seeds removed. The pumpkin is then placed on the trail and a light placed inside to create a luminous, glowing image.

Working alongside a team of talented artists is an extremely rewarding experience.

Candyland
ink on live pumpkin
2022
another view - Candyland
ink on live pumpkin
2022
The Great Wall of China
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Yellowstone National Park
ink on live pumpkin
2022
detail - Yellowstone
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Julie (middle reader book)
ink on live pumpkin, uncarved
2022
Charlotte's Web (Children's book)
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Cougar
ink on live pumpkin, uncarved
2022
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
ink on live pumpkin, uncarved
2022
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox
ink on live pumpkin, uncarved
2022
Mancala Game
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Curious George
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Dora the Explorer
ink on live pumpkin, uncarved
2022
detail - Dora the Explorer
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Zootopia
ink on live pumpkin
2022
Northern Lights
Pumpkin painting with ink
2021
Cat in the Garden
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Norwegian Troll
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Norwegian Troll - lit
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Hen & Chicks
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Racoon and pumpkins
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Bunnies
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Fox Kit
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Birds, Butterflies & Flowers
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Birds, Butterflies & Flowers
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Lynx Kitten
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Robin's Nest
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Robin's Nest - flower detail
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Sunflower
ink on live pumpkin
2021
Great Horned Owl
ink on live pumpkin
2021
"O" is for Owls
ink on live pumpkin
2021