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The lady of the lamp: mother’s pumpkin art is a web hit

October 24, 2011

A creative business analyst has taken time away from number crunching to carve out a new career in PUMPKIN ART.

Lisa Luera turned to the popular halloween pursuit as a way of satisfying her creative streak outside of long office hours.

But after posting pictures of her carvings online, word of the business school graduate’s uncanny pumpkin portraits began to spread soon making her art an internet hit.

Among her incredible collection are figures of movie stars including Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Hollywood stars of yesteryear are also featured in her collection with Gene Wilder in his famous Willy Wonka role, and Malcolm McDowell as Alex in the Stanley Kubrik classic A Clockwork Orange.

Luera’s collection is completed by a replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, carved perfectly into the flesh of the orange fruit.

The 34-year-old, who works on the sculptures from her home in Texas, said she only decided to carve pumpkins after a work colleague challenged her to take up the hobby.

She said: “I started carving pumpkins about eight years ago. A co-worker challenged me to enter into a contest.

“I work full time as a senior business analyst, so I decided to pursue pumpkin carving as a way of getting my creative outlet.

“Since then my pumpkins have been entered into a juried art show at a local galleries.”

According to Luera, the only problem with her natural canvas is that, because of the seasons, she can’t work all year round.

She said: “I carved pumpkins for several years but needed a medium which I could work in all year-round.

“That’s when I discovered pottery and glass. I’ve had my first combination glass/pottery pieces accepted art shows and one of my pieces has since won best of show.”