Frances "Penny" Bledsoe, MCT
Frances Bledsoe, known to her family ad friends as Penny was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied art throughout her junior high and high school years, with a preference for India in sketching and oil painting. In 1965 she applied to CCAC for a scholarship and was first runner up. Unfortunately she was unable to attend college and focused her energies elsewhere.
Soon after graduating from high school she married and had two daughters. She worked as a bookkeeper from 1972 to 2001 during which time she focused primarily on raising her daughters as a single parent.
She resumed painting in 1997 as a way of relieving stress. She began with oil painting instruction through Lorena Fink. She continues studying oil painting under Dana Jester, a wildlife artist from Colorado. In 2000 she began taking classes from world renowned water colorist, Terry Madden, since she has studied with Birgit O'Connor, Nancy Collins and extensively with Jeannie Vodden.
Penny rediscovered her passion for art in watercolors. She is technically accomplished and able to translate the simple beauty within the complexities of the medium.
Penny is eager to pass on her passion for watercolor. In 2005 she became a Madden Certified Teacher, MCT. She loves teaching people who share a common interest and mutual excitement for art. She enjoys a student's sense of accomplishment when they successfully complete a painting.
Joining the Pinole Artisans was instrumental in getting Penny's work seen by the public. She is an active board member and served as Treasurer for 10 years. In 2005 Penny was honored by selling her first piece and is still humbled when someone wants to buy one of her paintings!
Having a supportive family who are always encouraging, helpful and extremely proud of her accomplishments continues to inspire her.
Frances "Penny" Bledsoe