Oils
Watercolors
Acrylics
Murals
Other
Graphic Arts
About
the
Artist

 
      

 

 

penorman@aol.com
561-376-4547

 

 

 

 

 

 









I was born in Kallosemjen, a small town in Hungary, where I lived with my mother and older sister until the age of five. My father had immigrated to the United States to build a new life for us after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; we later joined him, settling in Fairfield County, CT. Both of my parents were very creative but my fatherís passion for sketching and wine making became my artistic influence.

Overcoming the language barrier of my new home, I found solace in the arts. My older sister and I would make board games and put on plays for the entire neighborhood with friends. By the time I was a teen, I had a love for sketching like my father. My parents enrolled me in The Art Instruction School (yes, the one that advertised in back of the TV guide!) to further develop my abilities.

Formal art studies began at Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT. I was painting still life and landscapes in watercolor and participated in local exhibitions. After marriage, two children and partnership in a group of retail stores, I wanted to continue in the arts. I attended Parsons School of Design/The New School University in New York City, expanding into oils, illustration, and commercial graphic design. This led to exhibiting my works in SoHo and taking private lessons with Burt Silverman, regarded as one of Americaís foremost realist painters.

I began freelancing in the fine arts and designing graphics and logos for local and national brands. To keep my work crisp and exciting I continued in commercial art studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. My works include a design concept chosen for the cover of New York Magazine "Best of the Best April 2000". The Cortland Review online literary art magazine has used my watercolors as cover art: Fifth Avenue, Tuxedo Cat, Female Polo Player, Pug. Shortly after, I worked as a commercial artist for such companies as Viacom Outdoor Advertising and The Betesh Group designing graphics and logos for major corporations.

After working as a commercial artist, I wanted to reconnect with the fine arts. I devoted myself to painting fine art and murals in Connecticut and New York City. My paintings and murals had colors and textures reminiscent of the Old World in oil and acrylic on wood. They are shown in galleries in Connecticut, Florida, and Georgia. I do commission work, participate in art festivals and juried exhibitions and am a member of the Delray Art League.


My paintings of still life, wine bottles and murals are influenced by Impressionism. The murals create illusions of added space. The landscapes and parrots are inspired by the brilliant colors of nature. I try to create art that evokes emotion and encapsulates a moment in time whether it comes from reality or fantasy, painting or graphic arts.


The evolution of art develops emotionally, spiritually, and through life experience. One cannot always grasp the reason to create, but the urge to make something tangible connects us to a realm greater than oneself.

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