Artist Penny McElhaney

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Penny McElhaney was born in Phoenix, Arizona and now lives in the beautiful Verde Valley.  She has a Bachelor of fine arts degree as well as post graduate work from Arizona State University.  She has continued her education at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in Arizona, Andreeva Portrait Academy in New Mexico, and in France and England.   With an emphasis on old and modern master techniques and expression, she has continued her education through self study in drawing, anatomy and painting.  She has also studied with William Whitaker, Anthony Ryder, Joshua Fallik, David Kassan, Robert Liberace, and Robert Shufelt.
Penny renders figures, portraits, still life, and animals in traditional realism.  Her work is based on a synthesis of observation. She says, “I want my work to communicate and to touch the viewer in some way.  My first love is drawing and exploring its many facets of expression.  I have always been fascinated with the human form, people’s faces, and body language.   Objects, places, and people that speak of the patina of time inspire me”.  She also believes everything tells a story, whether it be an expression of her personal life or a social commentary.Penny draws in various media and paints in watercolor and oils.  Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in regional, state, and international art exhibits, she has received numerous awards.   Penny is as passionate about teaching as she is about creating art.  She has been an instructor at Grand Canyon College (University), Phoenix, and Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona.   In 2010, Penny opened the McElhaney Studio Atelier, a Classical Fine Art School offering traditional instruction in drawing.  The studio focuses on the principles applicable to the realist endeavor of Portrait, Figure, and Still Life.   Exhibitions and Awards1975    Verde Valley Art Show, Camp Verde, Arizona. First and Second Place, Drawing.1976    Verde Valley [...]

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