Growing up in New Orleans, Penny was aware that she lived in a unique place. That city and its culture enhanced her love of things quirky, obscure and odd. She spent her childhood constructing shoebox villages, populating them with little people and big lives.
Even as a little girl, Penny read a range of books on people and events that crossed the globe and spanned the ages. Early on, she developed a love for travel, meeting people, observing and paying attention to the small details of life, such as candy wrappers, door knockers, windows, gardens and footwear!
When it came time to attend university, she chose psychology, when she really wanted to study art or architecture. Upon graduation, she found work in archival preservation,
social work, graphic design, volunteer
management, intern program administration and finally in the world of information technology. But her deepest desire was always art.
In 2006 after the graduation of her daughter from high school, Penny enrolled in a painting course with Todd Lowery at Drury University and the planets aligned. Vibrant, squishy tubes of paint and buckets of brushes became the keys that unlocked the doors of creativity.
Her influences include: the Fauvists, Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Carr, Wolf Kahn, David Hockney, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Cezanne, The Group of Seven, Walter Anderson, Josef Frank and Jane Troup.