I am a self-taught artist from Abbeville, La. Employing patterns, textures and materials found in nature, I create small to medium-sized baskets using the techniques of coiling, wood-burning, weaving and beading. The gourds, pine needles, vines, bark and leaves that I use create a natural pallet for the baskets. My pieces are both functional and decorative. I collect most of the natural objects myself, such as freshwater clam shells from the Vermilion River, pine needles from local trees, and shells and rocks from beaches along the coastal parishes. I am influenced by primitive cultures and crafts, and the many patterns in nature.