B.Y. Penman, British Columbia Member Since January 2007 Artist Statement I am a writer trapped in the body of a visual artist, educated in the school of life. I grew up in Ontario, Canada then spent nine years living in the United States. In the early eighties I studied at Otis College of Art and Design in California. I returned to Canada and ended up working in fashion and advertising.
With the birth of my only child, in 1993, I put my career and creative pursuits aside in order to be present at home and available to my son. He was born with life threatening health issues and has various special needs. During the early summer of 2006 I began to avidly explore digital imagery.
I enjoy the freedom of abstract expression. Many of my pieces are created from original digital photographs that I manipulate using various image editing software programs, including Adobe Photoshop. I focus on form and colour to create abstract images that still retain some elements of the original picture. The results have been described as "deeply organic" and sometimes "ethereal." I enjoy pushing the limits of software and subject matter to see what I can draw out of, what often start out as, mundane photographs.
I am a member of Worldwide Women Artists Online. Worldwide Women Artists is an international collective of women artists showing and selling our original art through the worldwide web.