Penny was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She knew as a child that she wanted to be an artist. The arts have been very much a part of her life. Her mother was an artist, father a musician and grandmother a pianist and singer. Penny was exposed to and taught the basics in drawing and design by her mother who was a Rhode Island School of Design graduate. One important element in the visual arts that her mother emphasized was to observe the beauty of nature and to take in everything within the surroundings. She involved herself in music, dance and writing poetry which lead her to delve deeper into her art form. Penny attended Rhode Island School of Design and in addition studied with several established artists in Rhode Island. After leaving Providence and continued her studies at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and Maryland College of Art and Design. Penny creates with acrylic paint, ink, crayon and found objects. Her form of expression developed and she began using a variety of elements to create moods. Color, form and texture were incorporated in her collages and paintings.
Penny’s new works reflect all of the experiences of experimenting with a variety of media. There is a running theme in many of her creations that reflect her Wampanoag/Chappaquiddick and Afro American heritage. She makes jewelry and designs pouches and handbags made with elk, deerskin, beads, bone and feathers. The pen and ink compositions are subtle yet strong with fine lines and detailed designs integrating cross cultural themes of Indigenous people. The paintings are also meshed with a variety of mixed media materials. Penny does not like being restricted in her work and believes that going with the flow of spirit and energy allows her to get to the truth of what she needs to express. She calls her work ethnic free form abstract realism with elements of nature and encourages people to enjoy the experience and have fun.
Penny has been exhibiting her work for over thirty years throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. She conducts “Spirit Art” sessions for people willing to play, experiment with various art materials and release the creative energy within.