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Lupine, Yosemite Meadow by Penny Otwell Half Dome Parsnips by Penny Otwell Lower Yosemite Fall by Penny Otwell
Half Dome Parsnips
Price: $975.00
Lower Yosemite Fall
Price: $975.00
Original Oil on Linen Original Oil on Linen Original Oil on Panel
Days End, Half Dome by Penny Otwell Wild Iris, El Cap Meadow by Penny Otwell Remains of the Day by Penny Otwell
Day's End, Half Dome
Price: $1,250.00
Remains of the Day
Price: $1,650.00
Original Oil on Canvas Original Oil on Canvas Original Oil on Canvas
Elegant Parsnips, Yosemite Valley by Penny Otwell The Magician by Penny Otwell Through the Dogwoods  by Penny Otwell
Through the Dogwoods
Price: $2,500.00
Original Oil on Canvas Original Oil on Linen Original Oil on Canvas
Working the Magic (Tunnel View) by Penny Otwell Ahwahnee Oaks, Early Spring by Penny Otwell Seeing is Believing by Penny Otwell
Seeing is Believing
Price: $7,350.00
Original Oil on Canvas Original Oil on Linen Oil on Canvas
Artist Statement

I paint Yosemite in a style that is uniquely my own - motivated by the rhythm and design observed in granite forms and geological changes. I have lived in and around Yosemite since 1964, and in this time have gathered deep admiration for the Sierra Nevada Range.

I am a self-taught painter with a specific curiosity about geology, landscape and light. Spending time outdoors and observing the beauty of nature first-hand provides me with the story I tell with paint. Memory and imagination play their own part in my paintings. My works of art are done mostly “en plein air” on a linen support or in a field sketchbook.

Being a painter is like being a scientist: the facts are in front of you, the arrangements are endless, conditions, premises, and conclusions all determine each painting. Asking “what if?” is my way of experimentation in creating art. What starts as observation of nature slowly evolves into a painting, with a combination of reality, some abstraction and a focus on design, rhythm and movement, value, and imaginative color. I live with a painting for quite some time, setting it aside, and returning to it later with a fresh and rather critical eye of the work as a whole. Painting outdoors brings its challenges including bugs, blowing sand, wind, and conversational onlookers, but it all becomes worth it because painting “en plein air” brings me such joy. Being a Yosemite painter is the best job in the world!

Penny Otwell
Mariposa, California May 2018