My inspiration comes from the people that I have met and known in my life, comedic events and occasions. I have always been drawn to the idiosyncrasies of humans and their much loved pets. From the wildly eccentric to the person undertaking their daily shop at the supermarket, I naturally seek out the comedic aspect.
I grew up in a village in Hertfordshire and love that phrase "You can take a girl out of the village but not the village out of a girl". As a child I lived in a street with my grannie two doors up and next to her an auntie with an adjoining gate. There were lots of cats, they seemed to be everywhere. Auntie also had a chatty Mynah bird, a parrot, baby turtles, fishponds and allsorts of other curiosities including a grumpy husband who bred pink frogs, who frequently tutted, and ate his dinner off a tray in the back room.
Our street was full of characters, everyone talked about each other, fell in and out with each other, and even laughed! Those fun memories are embedded in my mind and they perhaps contribute to me being drawn to the funny side of life. When I draw I smile and laugh and I hope that my drawings make you laugh and smile too.
My joy of art coupled with a natural inclination to support and teach others led me to train to be a teacher. I have taught others to paint and draw in adult education, a variety of therapeutic settings and privately for many years.
I have spent most of my adult life in the West Country and have lived in Somerset for 20 years.
Debbie de Mornay Penny
My drawings have been described as quirky and whimsical.
"Debbie's Journey" - a selection of fun anecdotes from my life that have inspired my drawings.
Foundation studies - Watford
BA Hons Graphic Design (Specialisation book illustration) - Leicester
PGCE - Bristol
Based in Somerset, England