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Penny has been an artist all her life, working in various mediums, from clay, cement, fiberglass, paper mâché, mosaics, to acrylic and pen & ink.
For Penny, it is not simply enough to draw her ideas from all of nature’s elements. She spends countless hours researching shapes, colours, and textures. The “Mountain” collection of tableware is inspired by her many hikes in the mountains, while her “Fresh Craft” line of ceramics is inspired by a deep love of the ocean and the water.
The “Cold Nose Warm Heart” line of Dog dishes, treat jars, and leash holders are much loved by furry kids everywhere.
Penny’s hand-made tile work is sculpture defined, as each mural, mosaic or backsplash has hours of fine design and sculptural detail and intricacy. It gives meaning to fine art in a lasting medium of ceramic.
Penny’s conceptual design skills are evident in all her work, from designing and building homes and their interiors, to bringing together concept and art and all that is creative, functional and desired into a home for tiles, murals, and tableware.
Penny volunteers as a ski patroller on Whistler Mountain, is very active in the Whistler Arts Community, and WAG. She teaches workshops, and guides Art Tours of Galleries and Public Art installations.
She spent her childhood on her family’s ski hill in Ontario, Snow Valley. Penny studied Art and Architecture at the University of Vienna, and has a degree in Ski Area/Hotel and Resort Management. She has travelled extensively and lived in many countries, but has made Whistler BC her home for the past 18 years. She is the founder of the White Dog Studio Gallery.
Her work can be seen in public art, hotels, restaurants and numerous private collections. Her work, Spirit Bear “Ursus-Intrawestus” inside the Roundhouse on top of Whistler Mountain is a familiar piece to many thousands of Whistler skiers and visitors.