ABOUT

ARTIST BIO
     Penny Branton is one of the premier freehand pyrography artists in the southeastern US. Born and raised in the Piedmont area of North Carolina she is now working in Winston Salem, known as the City of the Arts and Innovation. She is a self-taught artist and mother with a unique talent for turning repurposed materials into extraordinary pieces of art.
     Having traveled throughout the eastern seaboard (and then some), Penny pulls from her own diverse heritage of Irish, Polish, Italian, and Cherokee traditions as well as combining influences from nature, fractals and geometric patterning, and graffiti art to create works that she hopes delight the viewer and incite meaningful conversations about the work itself.
     Penny is proud to support other artists and craftspeople with her work. She believes that every dollar we spend should be considered and can be used to empower those we believe in. She is proud to have displayed at local events and galleries throughout the area, including the Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival, the K­ville Indie Flea,  Homegrown Artisan Market of Greensboro, the Red Dog Gallery and Sawtooth School for Visual Art in downtown Winston Salem.

Drawing has always  
been ​a peaceful and cathartic process for me...

​​Pyrography is an earthy progression of my drawings. It lends the patterns a permanence while still being meditative for me. I get drawn in to the texture, the smell, and the way the depth interacts with the light on the surface of the wood.​
My work usually is sourced from fallen trees, leftover wood cuttings, items crafted by other artisans, or I make use of old items, things that have a story but perhaps are lost in their old form. Sometimes it's as if certain pieces just call to be recycled, repurposed, renewed. Those are the ones I burn the fuck out of.
My work reflects the wonderful bits of the the world: the weird, the different, and at times the guiding forces of my own life. It is a way for me to test myself, to train my hand for patience, to work in a multitude of processes to find what works for each piece. The outcome is something that hopefully speaks to someone else, challenges them to find relevance in the peripheral, to enjoy what might have been escaping their view, and maybe even to make a connection with someone else on what truly matters.​