Barb Pennypacker

Artist Statement

My love of farms, old barns and the beautiful rolling countryside of central Pennsylvania is the inspiration behind my paintings.

Commissions from the owners of Bear Meadows Farm, a grass-fed dairy farm, brought dairy cows into my artistic genre. When painting these gentle animals, getting their eyes just right brings them to life in my studio! I strive for realism in my painting. I work in my studio from photos I have taken of rural central Pennsylvania.

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Barb Pennypacker was a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. She held the rank of professor of Agronomy and assistant Dean of the Graduate School before retiring in 2005.

She soon realized that the old barns she loved were rapidly disappearing as farmland became housing developments. Barb felt a strong desire to paint these barns, which she considered to be windows into our agricultural past, before they disappeared forever.

To realize this dream, Barb took a private, month-long, drawing class. The studio was an abandoned farm with a crumbling barn. She spent the next year plein air sketching the old barns on Centre County farms. Classes at the Art Alliance of Central PA and subsequent painting partners took her from sketching to watercolor to the oils she now uses.

Barb’s paintings are featured in the Bellefonte Art Museum book ‘Landscapes of Central Pennsylvania’, and have been in numerous juried shows including the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Biennial 2016. She is a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists, the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Artist Registry.


Tussey Mountain View
“The Fodders in th Shock” (James Whitcomb Riley quote)
The Cow Parade
November in Penns Valley
Breakfast Time