from a Montana farm, I am one of nine children. I began
drawing before age four. Mom would cut open used envelopes
for me to draw on. Dad gave me the big, soft-lead, square
carpenter's pencils to use. When in high school, I got an
oil painting set for Christmas and fell in love with
color. Selling my two cows (4-H projects) put me through
my first year of university.
graduated Seattle University, Fine Art degree. Besides
working at a print shop, department store displays, small
graphic art projects, drawing cow spots for registration
forms, I had a small business of house design and
architectural drafting for building contractors for 25
years. I also painted (acrylic on canvas) exhibiting in
art shows and galleries for 20 years in Olympia Washington
and Palm Springs.
I began writing seriously several
Interested in graphic novels after reading several, I took
four quarters at Santa Monica College on the concept and
techniques for graphic novels and sequential art.
This is now my focus.
Art and Story, an
artist/author statement by Penelope Merrell. (pdf format)