Amy Penner was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986. While she dreamed of pursuing a life of art and music, she instead felt pressure to follow the well trodden path, and studied accounting at the Asper School of Business.
After graduating university, she worked for an accounting firm, then went on to own her own health care business. Yet, there was a feeling inside of her that she was not on the right path. She had focused so much on outward success, yet her soul was crying for something more.
Throughout these growing pains, she took any chance to travel, visiting places such as Peru, Guatemala, Thailand, Cambodia and Morocco. During these travels, much of her time was spent reading, journaling, sketching and reflecting on life and how best to spend it. She reflected deeply on what it truly means to live a good life .
During this period of reflection, was when her life changed. She happened to visit a local gallery in Winnipeg, and was incredibly inspired by the art of local painters. She saw that there were studios available to rent, so she took the leap and rented one that day.
Here, she made up for lost time by spending every free evening and weekend painting. In the search for her artistic vision, she experimented with different mediums and styles, geometrics, abstracts and figurative pieces, and experimented with acrylic, oils, charcoal and pastels. This year was incredibly productive and set her on her current path.
Having been greatly inspired by artists such as Matissa, Picasso, Even Iyre, and many others, she herself works with bold and saturated colors, creating and reimagining the domestic space. Ones filled with whimsy and beauty, color and joy. Her work strives to bring out the magic of our everyday surroundings.
She now lives in Ottawa, where she paints daily in her home studio.
“I am a self-taught painter whose work explores reimagining the domestic space. Taking the spaces that form the backbone of and the foundation of our lives, and bringing them to light in a new way. Elevating spaces, taking the ordinary and bringing out the extraordinary in it. Through my work, I hope to bring joy to the viewer and to bring colour into people’s lives.”
2010 – Asper School of Business – Bachelor of Commerce, Honours
2021 – Trinity Gallery / Juried Exhibition by ArtEast / “Mosaic” / Ottawa
2020 – Trinity Gallery / Juried Exhibition by ArtEast / “Mosaic” / Ottawa
2018 – 618 Arlington Gallery / “Door’s Open” / Winnipeg
2018 – 618 Arlington Gallery / “Warm and Bright” / Winnipeg
2018 – Birchwood Art Gallery / Winnipeg
2021 – Award of Excellence for ArtEast juried exhibition “Mosaic”.
2020 – Juror’s Choice Award for ArtEast juried exhibition “Mosaic”.