Penny was born in Miami Florida but moved shortly after to the Georgia Coast, known as “The Golden Isles”. Her interest in painting began with a class at the YWCA when she was 15. From there she studied under a few local artists including the late Bill Hendrix of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Living on the coast of Georgia surrounded by beaches and the beautiful marshlands, there was no shortage for inspiration. Although relocating to other parts of the country through the years, she never lost her love for the coast, or the love of painting. Her works have been on display in numerous venues, including St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Brunswick Georgia; and in many private collections located throughout the United States. Penny currently lives with her husband, Garry, in Columbus Mississippi.
Growing up on the Georgia coast, surrounded by beautiful islands and marshlands, has instilled in me a love for the outdoors and the desire to capture on canvas the beauty of God's creation: such as the richly colored landscape after the rain, the ever changing ocean tides, the sun as it dances across the marshlands. Being a realism style artist, I strive to capture the essence of life in nature. From the sun rising or falling casting its glow on everything it touches, to the shadows dancing in its wake, I want to breathe in life with each stroke of the brush. The goal with each piece I create is to welcome the viewer in, maybe stir up a long forgotten memory, or simply to make them smile.
My process begins with challenging myself to push beyond my own limited beliefs. Creating a piece that exceeds the skill sets in the one created before it. Once I have my ideas in place, I immerse myself in to the details. Then finally, the piece is finished with a sense of joy. But also a sense of sadness. Like reaching the last page of a good book that you never wanted to put down, you are left with an emptiness that only another creation can fill. So you reach for another canvas.
There are many symbolisms, myths, and legends regarding this beautiful creature. From a sign of growth and transformation to messages from lost loved ones. It has become symbolic to me and my family for a very special person, my father, who lost the battle to cancer. Since his passing, we have been visited by dragonflies consistently and at the most appropriate times. So we have chosen the dragonfly (or maybe it chose us) as our reminder of him. In all of my current work, whenever possible, I include a dragonfly, in full view or hidden within, as a remembrance of him. He was a man full of life and vibrancy which is how I choose to create.