Penny Boden – Trembling Forest Art, Rose Prairie, B.C.
Penny was born in Victoria, BC, and spent her childhood in the Cowichan Valley. Her first home was on Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. From there, the family moved to Cowichan Station. When Penny was 7 years old, her father’s career as Golf Pro moved the family once more. This time they settled in Honeymoon Bay. There she spent her formative years, divided between March Meadows, a 9-hole golf course, and her childhood home by the wooded shores of Cowichan Lake. Her passion for nature and love of the arts were passed down from her grandfather through her mother. Penny’s mother never missed an opportunity to teach her four children to love, respect, and protect nature. Penny grew up with organic gardening, healthy, natural living, and a deep level of respect for the natural environment. Penny’s artistic endeavors were continually encouraged by her parents and her grandmother. Her late grandfather’s artwork adorned the walls of the family home and served as encouragement and inspiration.
As a young adult, Penny left Vancouver Island, and moved to northern BC, where she raised a son and two daughters. The joys and challenges of raising a family left little time for anything else, so her art fell by the wayside for several years. When the children became a little more independent, the artist in Penny resurfaced.
Penny now lives with her spouse and her cats on a beautiful wooded Rose Prairie quarter section in northern BC. Her inspiration comes from her love of nature, her organic garden, and the interesting people in her life. Currently, she draws, paints, and practices printmaking. She is always open to trying new art forms. Visual arts are not her only art. Music is a large part of her life as well. She often feels pulled between her visual arts and her music. The two are strongly connected. She finds she cannot practice one without the other being enhanced and improved! A lifetime of engagement with nature and the arts is embedded in Penny’s soul and forms the very core of who she is as a person.
Penny is an active member of Flying Colours Artists’ Association and of the Federation of Canadian Artists (Peace River Chapter) as well as other local artist groups. Penny’s work can be found in private and corporate collections locally and internationally.
We are very pleased to feature one of Penny’s award-winning paintings in a DonaBona.ca card “Just Hangin’ On,” which depicts a tenacious tree growing on a cliff overlooking the mighty Peace River.
To learn more about Penny and her artwork, please visit her website: www.tremblingforestartstudio.ca