DC woman turns pumpkins into works of art (Photos)

Suzy Mink's pumpkin carving of Olympian Katie Ledecky. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Suzy Mink’s pumpkin carving of Olympian Katie Ledecky. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
No Michael Phelps glare here! He's all smiles on this pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
No Michael Phelps glare here! He’s all smiles on this pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Here, a gorilla's face glows from a carved pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Here, a gorilla’s face glows from a carved pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)   (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Mink carved out the Swiss Matterhorn over the weekend. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Mink's carving of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Mink’s carving of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Mink says she did this pumpkin carving of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last year. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
The seal of Hollins University, carved into a pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
The seal of Hollins University, carved into a pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink) (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
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Suzy Mink's pumpkin carving of Olympian Katie Ledecky. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
No Michael Phelps glare here! He's all smiles on this pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Here, a gorilla's face glows from a carved pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
Mink's carving of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)
The seal of Hollins University, carved into a pumpkin. (Courtesy Suzy Mink)

WASHINGTON — Looking for some pumpkin carving inspiration this Halloween? A Virginia university staff member has dozens of ideas for you to browse.

It started with a store-bought pattern, but Suzy Mink, senior philanthropic advisor at Virginia’s Hollins University, soon discovered she had a knack for carving and moved on from those patterns.

In the past decade, the D.C. resident estimates she has carved at least 100 pumpkins — carefully scraping away layers of the seasonal gourd to reveal the faces of celebrities, campus buildings, famous works of art and animals.

“This is just a hobby and each year it gets to be more fun to figure out what to carve,” Mink said in an email to WTOP.

On her website you’ll find the glowing faces of everyone from Max Scherzer to Ellen DeGeneres, as well as presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“I let my imagination determine what I carve each Halloween season, though the election season provides extra opportunity for creativity,” Mink said.

She says each pumpkin carving takes her about an hour, though it depends on the complexity of the design.

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