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I began life in Sacramento, CA in 1955, and have also resided in Germany, Anchorage, AK, Champaign, IL and South Lake Tahoe, CA. I have studied a wide range of subjects including electronics, astronomy, philosophy, Tai Chi, yoga, art history, intaglio and figure painting.

Since 1988, in addition to my art, I have been a graphics and website designer: PentronicsPublishing.com, and have taught art classes to adults and children, group, and privates.

Paintings
My figure paintings are not your everyday, garden-variety scenes. I attribute my unique approach to figure painting to a wonderful synergy created by my ongoing spiritual journey of enlightenment and connectivity through the path of the study of Greek and Eastern philosophy, the practice of Tai Chi and Yoga, my love of astronomy and mythology with an obsession to portray the beauty of the human figure.

I also paint figures where the beauty and form of the figure are central. I paint to capture the embodiment of the positive human spirit.

Intrigued by astronomy and new findings in cosmology, I place my photo-realistic figures in abstract and sometime fanciful, galactic settings.

In this current climate of war, terror, hatred and suspicion, we must not forget the crucial need for increased understanding of our commonalities as a world community and common-sense, caring stewardship of this fragile planet we call home.

Namasté


Resume
Art History: University of Illinois
Art: University of Illinois, University of Anchorage, Alaska,
Lake Tahoe Community College
Workshop: Don Andrews, Watercolor
Workshop: Philippe Faraut, Portrait Sculpture

Group Exhibitions and Juried Art Shows and Galleries

2011
MasterWorks New Mexico, Juried Art Show, April 2011

2009
Manhattan Arts International, Juried Art Show:
“Tenderness” won Award of Excellence, December 2009

2008
Bridging Heaven and Earth Project with Allan Silberhartz
Santa Barbara, CA

2007
Tahoe Art Expo
Wildlife Gallery at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

2006
Tahoe Art Expo
Commission for Midnight Sonata
Mountain Spirit, South Lake Tahoe
Wildlife Gallery at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

2005
Mountain Spirit, South Lake Tahoe
Wildlife Gallery at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

2004
Mountain Spirit, South Lake Tahoe
Wildlife Gallery at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
Anew Day Spa, South Lake Tahoe
Exhibit at Viking Gallery, South Lake Tahoe

2003
Gallery Exhibit
Lake Tahoe Community College
2-month exhibit
Apina Coffee Café
2002
“Art of Italy”
Lake Tahoe Community College, CA

2001
“Arizona Aqueous XVI” Juried National Art Exhibit
Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2000
“7th All California Community College Exhibition 2000,”
Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
“Lake Tahoe Community College 2000 Student Art Exhibition”
Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA
First Place: Figure-“Joie”
Third Place: Watercolor-“Gold, Red and Green”
Honorable Mention: Portrait-“Cassidy”
Second Place “People’s Choice Award”-”Joie”

1999
“Lake Tahoe Community College 1999 Student Art Exhibition”
Lake Tahoe Community College, CA
First Place: Drawing “Anticipation”
“Theme Show 1999: Sunflowers,” Lake Tahoe Community College, CA

Articles
“The Motivating Factor” by Penny Shrawder
The Artist’s Magazine, November 2002

“Great Art Moments” by Penny Shrawder
The Artist’s Magazine, October 2001
Click to go to article

Awards
Manhattan Arts International, Juried Art Show:
“Tenderness” won Award of Excellence, December 2009

The Art Excellence Award for Technical Merit, “Student Art Exhibit,”
Lake Tahoe Community College, 2000

Pat Amundson Purchase Award, Lake Tahoe Community College 1999 Student Art Exhibition, Lake Tahoe Community College

Collections
“Anticipation,” Pat Amundson, Lake Tahoe Community College, CA

     
           
    Penny Shrawder • 530-307-2797 • pennyshrawder@gmail.com