Penny Winn Wildlife Artist
Just a little about Penny
About Wildlife Artist Penny Winn
I am predominantly a wildlife artist from Madrid, New Mexico. I work mostly in watercolors, but I can and will work in acrylics and epoxy paints. I like to working to create paintings to make people smile and think about the animals I paint. Every painting is a place I would like to be, an escape from the moment in time. I usually paint the subject from a photograph, but I add backgrounds from my imagination. However, there are times that I recreate photographs if that is the desire of the client.
I paint for many reasons, pain relief, (I was injured in the war) because I can, and I love it. I started painting because after I retired from being a school principal, I didn’t really know I could do it, but it came to me with practice and I just loved it. I feel so alive when I am working, I am at peace, I am not haunted by war. The animals get inside of me and they want to be on the paper. They help bring themselves to life. I love being able to disappear into my work. I can’t believe I can paint sometimes. I am primarily self-taught when it comes to painting animals, well painting at all.
My favorite tool is my hairbrush, paintbrush because it works so well when I paint fur. I love watercolor, it’s translucent, colorful, blends so well. I love finishing a painting and seeing that it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I know it turned out well when I look at it and I don’t want to fix something. I tend to paint intricate animals or people with colorful backgrounds. I love to paint with white… This is not normal for a water-colorist, but I add it to all of my paintings. My favorite colors to paint with are purple, burnt sienna, thalo green, and ultramarine blue. I love to paint a good sunset or sunrise; I think that it will add to the painting. For me it changes the dynamic of what you are looking at.
A painting is such a glorious thing, a flowing thing. What a blessing to be able to have this gift to give.
Visit Madrid, New Mexico
Madrid, New Mexico - Turquoise Trail Lavender Farm
Travel To Madrid, New Mexico
Travel highway 14 down the scenic Turquoise Trail and experience the wonderful village of Madrid, New Mexico. While you are in our little town you will find an amazing historic old coal mining town with a rich history as well as a ghost town. Madrid has a plethora of wild locals who will be glad to tell you stories or sit with you for a while. On any given day you may even see new movies being made on these fine streets with NETFLIX and the new studios busy in New Mexico. There are over 40 shops and galleries, several high quality restaurants, a spa, b&b's, and a museum for adventures to go and see. And if that isn't enough Cerrilos is a state park with hiking paths, it's own restaurants, and galleries and shops, and horseback riding just down the road. Local artists will be glad to sell to you their art on the streets in the galleries and on most weekends and holidays you can finds something going on in our fine community. I highly suggest a visit.
The MIneshaft and Hollar (restrauants/bars) both have live music going on in the evenings and weekends. The Mineshaft also has the wonderful Engine Theater which houses amazing plays, theatrical performances, and just all around great shows.
There are also wonderful parades throughout the year. Keep an out for the dates and times on the Madrid Facebook page. They are only about 5 minutes long... But man they are great and so much fun. Usually followed but something special in town. The Christmas parade is my favorite. It is on or around the 5-6th of December. It starts the shopping fun in Madrid. I really think you must come and see!
My art work is in the Jezebel galley in Madrid. It is located on the boardwalk in Madrid. Jezebel also has a soda fountain. My favorite is the banana praline and cream. Yum Yum. You can find most of my work in the bins but a couple of my paintings are on the wall. If you are really in the mood look in the back room and you can find a few of my epoxy tables. I really do love them!
The lavender farm is only 8 miles away. We are lucky to be up on the mesa with 3 mountain views surrounding us. No matter which window we look out we are blessed with gorgeous view! Hikes are down the roads as you leave the front door going to the right or the left. No traffic! No cars travel up our 4 wheel drive roads. Our deck overlooks the lavender, the cactus, the jackrabbits, the coyotes, and all of the other wildlife the blesses our happy abode!