Cover Artist: Shelly Penko

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Cover Artist: Shelly Penko

Shelly Penko is a fine artist and textile designer living and working in Austin, Texas. A University of Texas graduate, she has been involved in art since she could hold a brush. She taught art in public schools for 16 years before becoming a full time artist. Her colorful, passionate paintings celebrate the tender, sweet, beautiful moments in life, love, nature and relationships. Her work is characterized by bold colors and loose, free brushstrokes. Most of her paintings begin without a conscious plan, unfolding intuitively and organically as she paints and listens to music, building up layer upon layer of marks and colors until the painting is revealed. This process results in soulful art that has great depth, hidden meanings and interest. Her art can be found in personal collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Shelly is also a textile designer and designs uniquely beautiful fabrics for both home decor and clothing.

To see more of her work, visit her website at, find her on Facebook or visit her Etsy shop – The Art of Shelly Penko.

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