Sampson the Hawk – Engraved Hand Painted Gourd by Glenys Moore
Glenys, has been an oil painter for many years and is an accomplished gourd artist. She has just recently learned how to engrave with the high speed Paragraver, and has combined all her talents into this beautiful gourd.
Glenys inset Sampson’s eye with a glass eye, which has brought this bird to life.
Glenys has a very unique style to all her artwork and I know we will be seeing a lot more of this very special lady’s art in the future. – Tamaree
Here’s the story behind this gourd.
“In the summer of 2009 I was recovering from a life threatening disease. My sister was here and we went to the Ogden Nature Center to see the beautiful birds of prey. All my life I have dreamed of becoming a falconer and to know what it felt like to hold one of those majestic birds. I was looking at Sampson and thinking that very thought when a miracle came into my life, Bryce King. He was gracious enough to assist us with taking excellent photos of Sampson and the other birds. Then he told us that he was a falconer! I could not believe it! and was delighted to say the least! I then told him about my dream and he said he would sponsor me.
He then asked me if I would like to become a volunteer at the Nature Center and a few weeks later that came to be. I helped cleaning the mews and feeding the birds and other animals. Sampson, the red tailed hawk became my favorite. Every time I would go near his mews he would talk to me in the softest sound I have ever heard. One day, I asked Bryce if it would ever be possible for me to hold Sampson. He replied, “Yes, how about today?!” Needless to say my heart started beating faster than it ever had! We entered the mews and Bryce , with his gauntlet on, put the jesses through Sampson’s anklets and got him onto his arm. Then, he slipped his hand out of the gauntlet and I slipped my hand in and there it was, me, holding the most beautiful red tailed hawk on earth! There are no words to describe that moment. All I can say is it was one of the most healing moments of my life! I knew that I had to pay tribute to this beautiful bird and began planning his likeness on a gourd. My hope is that I have captured his wildness yet trust for those who care for him. Will I ever become a falconer? I am studying and one day at a time working toward that goal. I go see Sampson often and he is still like a dose of Heaven for me.
The gourd is complete and dedicated to the Ogden Nature Center. I am ever grateful for the joy they have allowed me and thousands of others to experience.” – Glenys Moore
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