Penny Treese

Capturing the raw beauty and fragility of the female form, Penny’s work is a study in self-love, authenticity, and the acceptance of imperfection. “Women tend to be extremely critical of their outward appearance as they age” she says. “I strive to allow my work to reflect that deeply personal struggle and to embolden others to be more comfortable in their skin. I find that distressing figurative photographs with water, wine, soil, and sun help to create unique expressions of our physical declination and ephemeral existence while unveiling profound truths about how we see ourselves”.

The healing power of the ocean strongly influences Penny. The rhythmic encaustic process often mirrors the ebb and flow motion of the waves, eliciting a state of calm and stillness while painting. The ever-changing depths, colors, and textures of the sea are often explored in her series.

Treese received her Bachelor degree in Art and Graphic Design before embarking on her career as an advertising Art Director. She delved back into creating fine art in 2003 and studied under fine arts masters within the Fine Arts Workshop Atelier (FAWS) program in 2007. She is currently an esteemed full-time artist and instructor with award-winning works in numerous galleries and private collections. She leads art retreats around the country and is an active volunteer with the PaintLove organization (

She currently creates artwork and teaches within her private studio in Decatur, Georgia, where she also resides with her husband and children.

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