Penny Berglund is a native of the “dry side” of Washington. She finds inspiration in the basalt formations of the Gorge and channeled scab lands, the furrows of the dry land wheat fields, and the cloudscapes of an almost endless sky. These vivid textures and color contrasts have found their way into her art. In the artist's words, “Raw flood carved landscapes, cultivated fields, and towering cloud forms speak to me about the creative process for the earth itself. The colors and especially the textures of my native landscape have been important influences in my work.”
Penny has worked in metals and clay for more than twenty years. The interplay of surface textures and random patterning creates work that is captivating and original. Much of her jewelry is created from metals that have been modified by etching processes, controlled heating, and hammering before the pieces have been constructed.
When she is not studying art or creating art, Penny can be found on the ski slopes or windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge. She also works with a non-profit group in Hood River, Diversity Studio, dedicated to bringing artistic enrichment opportunities to individuals in the special-needs community.