Barb Pennypacker - Fine Artist

Barb Pennypacker

State College, PA - United States

 
 
 

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Barb Pennypacker

State College, PA - United States

Barb Pennypacker - Fine Artist

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About Barb Pennypacker

Barb Pennypacker was a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State holding the rank of Professor of Agronomy and Assistant Dean of the University’s Graduate School before retiring in 2005. She soon realized that the farmland she enjoyed during her career at Penn State was rapidly disappearing.

While not yet an artist, Barb wanted to paint the endangered barns before they vanished. To realize her dream, she took a private, total-emersion drawing class. The studio was an abandoned farm with a crumbling barn. Barb spent the first year of her retirement visiting Centre County farms and making plein air sketches of the old barns. The immense barn beams, marked with adze cuts and fastened with wooden pegs to create the soaring structure of the barns, speak to old-growth trees that are long gone from Pennsylvania. These barns are virtual windows into our agricultural past.

The gift of a set of Yarka watercolors from a Russian friend resulted in a three-year adventure in painting plein air watercolors of Centre County barns and landscapes. Finding watercolor a frustrating medium, Barb switched to oils after taking classes at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.

Barb became a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania in 2009. The mission of the FPA is to help preserve farmland by donating a portion the proceeds from art sales to the Centre County Farmland Trust. The Trust funds are used to buy development rights from farmers, thus ensuring the land will remain a farm. Barb finds a great inner peace when creating her farm-themed oil paintings and works closely with a local dairy farmer. Many Amish friends have permitted her to paint on their farms, broadening her appreciation of farming in central Pennsylvania.

Barb exhibits her paintings with the Farmland Preservation Artists and has participated in numerous regional juried shows. She is also a member of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Bellefonte Art Museum Artists’ Registry.

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Pennsylvania Grand Canyon by Barb Pennypacker

 

This bed of herd's grass by Barb Pennypacker

 

And in her harmony of varied greens by Barb Pennypacker

 

October Pasture by Barb Pennypacker

 

We're Watching You by Barb Pennypacker

 

Blazing Autumn Color by Barb Pennypacker

 

Fond Memories of Rachael by Barb Pennypacker

 

Autumn flings her fiery cloak by Barb Pennypacker

 

Winter Tranquility by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Great Escape by Barb Pennypacker

 

Blissfully Unaware Mallards by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Cow Parade by Barb Pennypacker

 

Tilly of Bear Meadows Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

Mother and Son by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Frog Hunter by Barb Pennypacker

 

Oak Hall Barn by Barb Pennypacker

 

Finally It's Spring by Barb Pennypacker

 

A Bright Blue Winter Day at Bear Meadows Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

Abandoned Farm in the Mountain's Shadow by Barb Pennypacker

 

Ambling through the Snow by Barb Pennypacker

 

Day is Done by Barb Pennypacker

 

Deer's Eye View of Bear Meadows Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

'Come see the north wind's masonry' by Barb Pennypacker

 

A Pause in the Mowing by Barb Pennypacker

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