About Penny McCrea

Penny McCrea is a landscape artist using pastels to capture the beauty of her countryside through nature’s changing patterns. Having grown up in rural Western Pennsylvania, she is particularly sensitive to the intrinsic beauty of farms, fields, woods and streams. In the early seventies, she settled in Maryland on a farm straddling the Frederick/Montgomery County line - part of the Montgomery County’s agricultural preserve. She loves the undulating hills in the landscape and the all-too-rapidly-disappearing farm land. Sugarloaf Mountain and the C&O Canal are close by and are recurring themes in her paintings.  Currently Penny lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she observes a totally different “waterscape” of tidewater rivers, marshes and big skies.  Penny’s pastels appear realistic, but on closer examination, the paintings express a fascinating impressionistic quality.

Many artists have inspired Penny and she has been fortunate to have studied with some of the greatest pastel artists in the country: Terry Ludwig, Stan Sperlak, Richard McKinley, Maggie Price, Elizabeth Mowery, Kim Lordier, Liz Hayward Sullivan, Mary Pritchard and Desmond O'Hagan. In April 2015, she was a volunteer art instructor at the Yosemite National Park art center.  In 2016, she became a signature member of the Maryland's Pastel Society.


Education:  BFA  Acadia University, Glenside, PA