Penny Boden
Cat Artist, Pet Artist, Critter Artist

About Penny

Penny is an internationally known artist with a lifetime of experience drawing critters.

Penny grew up in Honeymoon Bay by the wooded shores of Cowichan Lake. Her painter/woodcarver grandpa and potter granny were Penny’s greatest inspiration. Frequenting their home studio and store, Whales’ Arts and Ceramics in Victoria BC, Penny’s aptitude emerged.

With art media galore at hand, Penny was happiest with little more than pencil and paper.

“The immediacy of drawing and a love of linework drive my passion. The best drawings look drawn. They show authenticity and the raw human aspect. Drawing is the greatest learning opportunity art has to offer and the necessary beginning of everything art.”

Penny is an adamantly self-taught artist, gaining prowess through quiet intuitive moments alone with her art. Penny’s style has evolved from total realism to her soulful character portraits of today.

Penny delights in rendering the nature of beloved pets through expressive linework and simple shading. She is intrigued by the similarities between humans and other animals. The differences humble her deeply.

Penny shares her passion with the world through her YouTube Channel, CrazyCatArtist. Her in-person workshops include dogs and other critters too. Penny’s intention is to meet each student exactly where they are and help them expand their practice in their own meaningful way.

Penny hails from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and is grateful to call the Cowichan Valley home. She is a lifelong nature-lover, avid gardener, advocate for the earth, and devoted to rescuing special needs cats.