Born in the artistic community of Santa Cruz & mentored by his grandmother, Lenora N. Penniman, who was one of the "Santa Cruz Three" famed women landscape painters of the 1920-40s, Penniman is a graduate of Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. His familiarity with the coastal landscape of Santa Cruz inspired his first oil painting at the age of twelve. Familiarity alone can’t account for the dreamlike vibrancy & spirituality that radiates from his landscapes. They are, in many important respects, inner vignettes that transmit the deep appreciation for life of a man who has been to the brink of death & made a comeback. Penniman is an artist living out his second life: a life infused with humility, awe & gratitude.
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