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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Barb Pennypacker - This bed of herd

This bed of herd's grass

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Barb Pennypacker - And in her harmony of...

And in her harmony of...

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Barb Pennypacker - October Pasture

October Pasture

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Barb Pennypacker - We

We're Watching You

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Barb Pennypacker - Blazing Autumn Color

Blazing Autumn Color

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Barb Pennypacker - Fond Memories of Rachael

Fond Memories of Rachael

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Barb Pennypacker - Winter Tranquility

Winter Tranquility

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Barb Pennypacker - The Great Escape

The Great Escape

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Barb Pennypacker - Blissfully Unaware...

Blissfully Unaware...

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Barb Pennypacker - The Cow Parade

The Cow Parade

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Barb Pennypacker - Fall Color at Bear...

Fall Color at Bear...

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Barb Pennypacker - Tilly of Bear Meadows...

Tilly of Bear Meadows...

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Barb Pennypacker - Mother and Son

Mother and Son

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Barb Pennypacker - The Frog Hunter

The Frog Hunter

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Barb Pennypacker - Oak Hall Barn

Oak Hall Barn

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Barb Pennypacker - Finally  It

Finally It's Spring

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Barb Pennypacker - A Bright Blue Winter Day...
Barb Pennypacker - Abandoned Farm in the...

Abandoned Farm in the...

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Barb Pennypacker - Ambling through the Snow

Ambling through the Snow

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Barb Pennypacker - Day is Done

Day is Done

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'Come see the north...

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Barb Pennypacker - A Pause in the Mowing

A Pause in the Mowing

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