When I was a little girl, I started an art club with my friends. The first thing we made was a doll consisting of a burned out light bulb for the head, a paper towel tube for the body, and scraps of hot pink satin for the clothes. Papier-mâché
was used for the hat, arms and hands. Fluorescent tempera paints were used to add details. What can I say? It was the 70’s.
To this day I am fascinated with collecting odd materials others have cast off, combining them and making them into something completely different. My mixed media assemblages are a little quirky, a bit dark, and sometimes satirical.
I love the challenges involved in determining how to deconstruct things, transform them with sculpted additions, texture and paint, then reassembling all the disparate pieces into a new whole. If I get to play with broken toys, rusty
metal, textiles and clay in the process, all the better. If my art prompts someone to ask where I get my ideas or if I am inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, wonderful.
Penny McDonald was born in the Heights, Houston, Texas. She has been an artist all her life, with some formal studies in commercial art and interior design. She left college to marry the love of her life, Rob, in 1980. Penny is a
firm believer in lifelong learning and many of her skills are self taught. Her art has been displayed in many exhibitions in the Houston area, and she teaches classes as well.