About the Artist

Mike Watts, the Chairman of the Gourd, took to art as soon as he was able to hold a crayon.  Throughout his childhood, he developed an appreciation for his surroundings.  He would sit in trees for hours with pastels and pad, or in a meadow with watercolors and canvas.  Years of continuing his art made it clear that he would center his life on his love for art. 

After high school, Mike attended Hanover College.  He is now a professional artist and lives in Tell City, Indiana with his wife Jema.  They have three children, daughter Laura, and sons Evan and Matthew.  (They also support three dogs and myriad deer, rabbits and other wildlife abundant on their ten-acre homestead.)