Now a full-time artist, Mark Doolittle holds a Doctorate in biology and first conducted a successful biomedical research career spanning 25 years. In 2002, he began to experiment with carving in gourds and wood, finding a style that reflected his background in biology. He became a full time artist in 2012, with a studio in Joshua Tree, CA. His artwork employs a unique and distinctive vision of nature and reflects a creative diversity of form and function, with no piece ever duplicated; some feature fossils or minerals that are integrated into the overall design. Each piece is conceived and executed by the artist alone, using gourds and 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 well as hand tools, such as rasps and chisels. In his gourd artwork, Mark collaborates with his wife, Kathy, who is a paper collage artist that exhibits her work alongside Marks’ at shows throughout the United States.
For more information: