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Barb Pennypacker

Barb Pennypacker

State College, PA

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Barb Pennypacker was a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State holding the rank of Professor of Agronomy and Assistant Dean of the University’s Graduate School before retiring in 2005. She soon realized that the farmland she enjoyed during her career at Penn State was rapidly disappearing.

While not yet an artist, Barb wanted to paint the endangered barns before they vanished. To realize her dream, she took a private, total-emersion drawing class. The studio was an abandoned farm with a crumbling barn. Barb spent the first year of her retirement visiting Centre County farms and making plein air sketches of the old barns. The immense barn beams, marked with adze cuts and fastened with wooden pegs to create the soaring structure of the barns, speak to old-growth trees that are long gone from Pennsylvania. These barns are virtual windows into our agricultural past.

The gift of a set of Yarka watercolors from a Russian friend resulted in a three-year adventure in painting plein air watercolors of Centre County barns and landscapes. Finding watercolor a frustrating medium, Barb switched to oils after taking classes at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.

Barb became a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania in 2009. The mission of the FPA is to help preserve farmland by donating a portion the proceeds from art sales to the Centre County Farmland Trust. The Trust funds are used to buy development rights from farmers, thus ensuring the land will remain a farm. Barb finds a great inner peace when creating her farm-themed oil paintings and works closely with a local dairy farmer. Many Amish friends have permitted her to paint on their farms, broadening her appreciation of farming in central Pennsylvania.

Barb exhibits her paintings with the Farmland Preservation Artists and has participated in numerous regional juried shows. She is also a member of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Bellefonte Art Museum Artists’ Registry.

 

Best Friends by Barb Pennypacker

 

I took the road less traveled by by Barb Pennypacker

 

Murry by Barb Pennypacker

 

East Back Mountain Road by Barb Pennypacker

 

A Lush Summer Pasture by Barb Pennypacker

 

Milk and Eggs by Barb Pennypacker

 

Tug-O-War by Barb Pennypacker

 

Chirp by Barb Pennypacker

 

Winter Peace by Barb Pennypacker

 

Tussey Mountain View by Barb Pennypacker

 

Breakfast time by Barb Pennypacker

 

Winter on Hill Crystal Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

The golden rod is yellow by Barb Pennypacker

 

The fodder's in the shock by Barb Pennypacker

 

Should We Tell Them? by Barb Pennypacker

 

'The grass sings in the meadow' by Barb Pennypacker

 

The untaught harmony of spring by Barb Pennypacker

 

A light exists in Spring by Barb Pennypacker

 

Learning by Barb Pennypacker

 

A color stands abroad by Barb Pennypacker

 

Splendor of ended day by Barb Pennypacker

 

Purple Mountains Majesty by Barb Pennypacker

 

Beiler's View of Egg Hill by Barb Pennypacker

 

A Slice of History circa 1820 by Barb Pennypacker

 

Calves Playing with a Blue Ball by Barb Pennypacker

 

Where's the Grass? by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Pirouetting Heifer by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Pond on Hill Crystal Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Shepherd's Sheep by Barb Pennypacker

 

Barn on Hill Crystal Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

Rocky Mountain Elk by Barb Pennypacker

 

Amish Barns on a Misty Day in August by Barb Pennypacker

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Barb Pennypacker

 

Her First Calf by Barb Pennypacker

 

All freshly steeped in morning dews by Barb Pennypacker

 

A Penns Valley Barn Kitty by Barb Pennypacker

 

Hodge Barn on a Misty November Day by Barb Pennypacker

 

Cow Talk by Barb Pennypacker

 

November in Penns Valley by Barb Pennypacker

 

The Guardian by Barb Pennypacker

 

The grass is always greener... by Barb Pennypacker

 

Plum Bottom Farm by Barb Pennypacker

 

Over the river and through the woods... by Barb Pennypacker

 

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon by Barb Pennypacker

 

This bed of herd's grass by Barb Pennypacker

 

And in her harmony of varied greens by Barb Pennypacker

 

October Pasture by Barb Pennypacker

 

Welcome to Our Farm by Barb Pennypacker