Penny Ross Burk
Watercolor and Photography
I went to college and studied fine arts. Then I went to college again and studied psychology. As much as I wanted to have a real career I couldn’t escape the tsunami pull to create. I joined a photographer and magically got involved in the film and television industries. At first it was doing props and art direction. I learned makeup for film but not just the pretty corrective stuff. I learned to do characters, bruises, scars and all the fun stuff. That kind of makeup needs a drawing background and amazingly I fit in! I am still doing makeup but now it’s steady, predictable work enabling me to focus on my own artwork.
Imagination for me comes when I least expect it and yet somehow it comes continually. Not sure how that works. However, it comes with force and in different waves. Each wave is a different medium or a combination of mediums. One week it’s wood carving, the next it’s playing with fimo, mud or writing. I love to write funny. I never really thought of myself as an illustrator but when grandchildren came into my life all of a sudden I wanted all my stories to have images. So now, much to my surprise, I’m a children’s book writer and illustrator.
Photography takes on a more somber tone. I see things that need to be examined. It’s close up, personal and thought provoking and usually things most pass by without a second glance.
I put a lot of my work in these three places.