I enjoy doing gourd art because I have so many shapes of gourds to work with that give me more creative variety. My favorite subjects to create are birds and fresh- and salt-water fish. I also enjoy creating hobbit houses with landscaping and natural- looking items that you would see in anybody’s yard. One of my creations, a large fairy house, took the People's Choice Award in the 2013 Alabama Gourd Society Big Show in Cullman. I've won many first place awards over the past four years. In my spare time I like fishing and gardening. I even grew gourds for a couple of years. If you are interested in purchasing one of my pieces, you can contact me through my e-mail address JamesShelby2833@att.net or by phone (205)669-6003.