Penelope Dullaghan: Reading Under Tree

Released Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reading Under Tree, by Penelope Dullaghan.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Farm Sanctuary.

Penelope Dullaghan is an illustrator who started her freelance career after a five-year stint as an art director. Since then, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, including Oprah, Starbucks, and Target. Penelope has been recognized by Communication Arts, Communication Arts Typography, 3x3 Magazine, Society of Illustrators LA, and Print Magazine. She chronicles her artistic development on her website. She also heads up and contributes to a weekly creative outlet and participatory art exhibit: She currently works and lives in North Carolina with her writer husband and two-year-old daughter.

About the print:
This piece, entitled Reading Under Tree, was originally commissioned by Shambala Publications for the cover of their autumn catalog. I was given a lot of creative freedom and wanted to do an image that evoked one of my favorite things: reading outdoors.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
Wide open spaces, bonfires, farmer's markets, art museums, sculpture gardens, felt beads, and lake-side trails.

Why did you choose to pair Farm Sanctuary with your print?
I became a vegetarian five years ago because I wanted to do my own small part to help put an end to factory farms and cruelty to animals. I chose Farm Sanctuary because they are doing big thing to bring awareness to this issue.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I've seen sculpture added to mundane street corners. Open land becomes grounds for gigantic, interactive art. Window-fronts being used to inspire people and not just sell something. People caring about how something looks as well as how it functions. I see artwork as being fundamental to an interesting world.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Georgia O'Keeffe. She did her own thing, her own way.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, Katherine Dunn, Andy Goldsworthy, and Ray Johnson.

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