PENNY SCHUCHMAN ARNTZ
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
The focus of this recent body of work is to create a personal vision, a visual diary or journal, evolving from travels and adventures over many years in the natural world. Whether canoeing, hiking, camping, snorkeling, or stand up paddling, the power of place, the solitude, the silence, the vivid quality of color, the freshness of early morning, the sweet light at the end of day, reflections on still water, the richness of soil and rock—these feelings and memories all move my brushstrokes.
I graduated from Scripps College, Claremont, with a major in Art Studio with an emphasis in Ceramics and Woven Sculpture and a minor in Humanities. My exhibition record extends over 48 years evolving from woven sculptural forms to watercolors to an exhibition of 22 framed pastels of old cars and trucks at Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA. Recently my work has evolved into an abstract interpretation in acrylic on panel of time and space. Michael, a ceramic sculptor, painter and photographer, and I have collaborated on numerous two person exhibitions in New York City; Sun Valley; Hartnell College; Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Groups shows of my fiber or paintings include work in Ojai; Hartnell College, Salinas; Clark Contemporary Gallery, Mammoth; The Women’s Center in Los Angeles; Scripps College, Claremont; Talley Winery, Paso Robles; Carmel; Rochester, New York; Houston, Texas and Tucson, Arizona.