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Artist: Penny Nolan

I’ve been drawing since I can remember. The smell of oil paint still reminds me of my first paint by numbers set when I was eight years old. I am blessed with an endless imagination and find painting a perfect outlet for my creativity. Life is a painting to me. The world around me is like a continuous stream of painting snapshots parading in my head. When I’m not painting in my studio, I’m painting in my mind.

People often ask me why I paint with oils and not acrylics or watercolors. There’s a certain versatility I find appealing, in addition to the creaminess of the paint. I don’t have to worry about them drying while I “play” with the paint. I can take my time getting the image just the way I want. I can control how slow or fast I want them to dry. The paint can be thinned to translucent glazes or made thick and opaque. Oils allow me to have complete freedom of creative expression.

I am a native Californian inspired by nature and spend as much time outdoors as I can. I especially enjoy Plein Air painting as a way to capture the spirit of the landscape.

I have been an art teacher for 25 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in art from San Jose State University. I am currently also a member of the California Art Club.