Grant Penny was born in Sanford, North Carolina, a small town 35 miles southwest of Raleigh. his mother, Marsha Grant, was an artist, art teacher, and graphic designer. Her paintings on the walls, a potter’s wheel on the back porch, visiting museums and galleries – Art was prevalent during his formative years, and continues to be a force in his everyday life. Grant been working professionally as a graphic designer for 18 years. He has been showing my collage work professionally since 2009. Grant Penny is currently living and working in Asheville.
Over the years I’ve made an effort to have creative endeavors that are separate from my work as a graphic designer. Something hands on (non-digital). A combination of these personal explorations evolved into the collage pieces that you see here.
Beyond the personal satisfaction of doing this work, I found myself asking the question “what does the art mean to me?” Looking back at the work, collectively, the answer seemed obvious – and it is ultimately true of my life – I seek and crave simplicity. I am the most happy when I consciously enjoy the moment – making my daughter laugh – dancing with my wife in the living room – a good beer and a book. Simple things bring me joy and I try to convey that feeling of simplicity in my work.