Penny Boden Artist & Art Educator
I help aspiring artists draw intuitively & confidently

Bio & CV


Penny was born in Victoria, and grew up in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. She spent most of her formative years in Honeymoon Bay by the wooded shores of Cowichan Lake. Penny’s mother ensured that her 4 children grew up with organic gardening, healthy, natural living, and a deep level of respect for the natural environment. The whole family was quite involved with March Meadows, a 9-hole golf course, where Penny's father served as Golf Pro.

Penny’s artistic endeavors were continually encouraged by her parents. Her grandfather, Frank Ernest Whale, was a multimedia artist. He died when Penny was just 5, but his paintings and sculptures served as encouragement and inspiration. Penny enjoyed sculpting in clay during visits with her grandmother in Victoria. Her grandparents’ store, Whale’s Arts and Ceramics, was an important part of the family until her grandmother sold the business and retired.

Penny was happiest when drawing with a graphite pencil. She enjoyed the simplicity and immediacy of the medium. With encouragement from parents and art teachers, she did dabble in other media. When given a choice, Penny always migrated back to drawing.

As a young mother, Penny left her homeland and moved to the North Peace Region of BC. The joys and challenges of raising a son and two daughters left little time for anything else. Penny's art fell by the wayside for a few years. As the children got older, the artist in Penny resurfaced.

Penny recently moved back to the Cowichan Valley and now lives in Duncan. Her forte is drawing, which goes hand in hand with her printmaking. She does practice painting and sculpting as well. Her inspiration comes predominantly from her life-long love of nature.

Penny is especially passionate about mentoring aspiring artists. As a certified teacher and a former special needs teacher, Penny strongly believes in the healing power of art. She has watched it positively transform the lives of both children and adults. Penny's unique teaching style guides students in recognizing and using intuition to develop art skills. This is a powerful method. It greatly increases confidence and allows students full ownership of their skills. Penny offers mentoring and workshops in drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpting. Her online art school, Drawing for Success, is in its infant stage. With plenty of new courses in the plans it will continue to grow.

Penny is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and local artist groups. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.


Penny Boden - Curriculum Vitae



  • Black & White, Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith BC
  • Oh Canada! Printmakers Only Group, PORTALS art space, Duncan BC
  • Cherry Point Artist Show & Sale, St. Peter's Church, Duncan BC
  • Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Island Saving Centre, Duncan BC


  • Bright Ideas, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge AB
  • Ravens, Peace Gallery North, Fort St John BC
  • The Long and the Short of It, PRFCA Juried Show, Fort St John BC (Award of Excellence)
  • Artists’ Choice, PRFCA Juried Show Dawson Creek BC


  • You Say Tomato… (with Judy Templeton) Fort St John BC
  • Karta II (print exhibition), Peace Gallery North, Fort St John BC
  • Borealis, solo show, Beaverlodge and Area Cultural Centre, Beaverlodge AB
  • Permission to Dance, PRFCA Juried Show, Centre for Creative Arts, Grande Prairie AB (Award of Excellence)
  • Points of View II – Flying Colours Group Show, Fort St John BC


  • Life in the Peace, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge AB (3rd Prize)
  • Smalls, Peace Gallery North, Fort St John BC
  • Celebrating Northern BC Artists, Museum of Northern BC, Prince Rupert BC
  • Views of the Peace, Peace Gallery North, Fort St John BC
  • Karta (print exhibition), Peace Gallery North, Fort St. John BC
  • Dimensions of Reality, PRFCA Juried show, Fort St John BC
  • Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Fort St John BC (Honorable Mention)
  • Points of View – Flying Colours Group Show, Dawson Creek and Fort St John BC


  • Small, Smaller, Smallest 2013, FCA Juried Show, Vancouver, BC
  • Artist’s Choice 2013, FCA Juried Show, Vancouver BC
  • Peace Landscapes, PRFCA Juried Show, Dawson Creek BC (Award of Excellence)
  • Peace without Borders, PRFCA Juried Show, Beaverlodge AB, (Award of Excellence)
  • Still Life 2013, FCA Juried Show, Vancouver BC
  • Art of the Peace 10th Anniversary Exhibition, (Juried Show) Grande Prairie AB
  • Flying Colours Premier Exhibit, Fort St John BC
  • Landscapes 2013, FCA Juried Show, Vancouver BC

2011 – 2012

  • Peace Squared, PRFCA Juried Show, Grande Prairie AB
  • Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Dawson Creek BC
  • Peace Connections, PRFCA Juried Show, Fort St John BC (People’s Choice Award)
  • 15 Easy Pieces, with Miep Burgerjon and Louise Ruddell, Fort St John BC
  • New Beginnings, PRFCA Juried Show, Dawson Creek BC

Workshops Attended

  • Victoria Edgar & Alain Costaz - printmaking
  • Dan Arberry - drawing
  • Sarah Norquay - printmaking
  • Mary Parslow - printmaking
  • Elizabeth Harris – drawing and acrylic painting
  • Mike Svob – acrylic painting
  • Barbara Daley – art journaling
  • Suzanne Northcott - acrylic painting
  • Teressa Bernard – acrylic painting
  • Roberta Combs – watercolour painting
  • Grant Fuller – watercolour painting
  • Mareth Warren – watercolour painting


  • Ladysmith Arts Council, Ladysmith BC
  • Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) Nanaimo BC Chapter
  • Printmakers only Group, Duncan/Cowichan BC
  • Cowichan Valley Arts Council, Duncan/Cowichan BC
  • Nanaimo Arts Council, Nanaimo BC

Teaching Experience

  • Art Workshop Instructor, Elder College, Duncan BC
  • Art Mentoring through home-visits in the Cowichan Valley & Nanaimo Area
  • Professional Development Workshop Facilitator, Cowichan Area Teachers' Association, Duncan BC
  • Online Art Instructor & Mentor, Drawing for Success,
  • Visiting Art Instructor, Upper Pine School, Rose Prairie BC
  • Visiting Art Instructor, Taylor Kids' Kamp, District of Taylor BC
  • Artist in Residence, Clearview School, Flatrock BC
  • Children's Art Instructor, Peace Art Gallery Society, Fort St John BC
  • Visiting Art Instructor, Planet Kids Summer Camp, Northern Environmental Action Team & ArtSpace, Fort St. John BC
  • Mentoring & Workshops for Adults & Children in my own home studio
  • Art Workshop Instructor, ArtSpace, North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St John BC
  • Fine Arts Classroom Teacher, School District 60, Peace River North, Fort St John BC
  • Teacher at School District 60, Peace River North, 2005-2012

Post-Secondary Education

  • Bachelor of General Studies – Simon Fraser University BC 2006
  • Professional Teaching Certificate – BC College of Teachers 2006
  • Social Services Worker Diploma – Northern Lights College, Fort St John BC 1999