Penelope is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes illustrations for ad campaigns, book publishers, magazines, newspapers, products, videos and most recently, children. Her first children's book comes out in June 2019!
Penelope works from her home studio in Indianapolis, Indiana where she also homeschools her daughter (crunchy granola? mm-hmm!), plays in the river behind her house and tends to her front-yard garden.
She is especially interested in collaborating with brands that support sustainability, simplicity and wellness.
Crate & Barrel
New York Times
The Obama Foundation
Cup of Jo
Spirituality & Health Magazine
The Washington Post
Penguin Random House
Simon & Schuster
Society of Illustrators LA
She’s also had the honor of judging the illustration awards for Communications Arts and CMYK.
Press and Interviews
Five Days of Patterns, Design*Sponge
Letter to Fear, O, The Oprah Magazine
Life & Business, Design*Sponge feature
My Giant Strawberry
Marissa Huber Blog
Communication Arts Featured Profile, Download PDF
Design*Sponge Home Tour
Design*Sponge, 5 Days of Printables
Slate.com, Downloadable Wrapping Paper
An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller
What Clients are Saying
“She elevates the creative by leaps and bounds.”
"Where do I begin? I compare working with Penelope to something along the lines of Christmas morning. Somehow the gifts she provides in the form of her impeccable art are not only exactly what you wanted, but above and beyond, and somehow even more articulated than you could have hoped for or had the capacity to imagine. She works fast & is always clear on deliverables. She elevates the creative by leaps and bounds. If it sounds like I am gushing…GOOD."
Associate Creative Director Kansas City, MO
“She is a dream to collaborate with.”
"Working with Penny is always a pleasure. She is particularly adept at conveying conceptual ideas in accessible, understandable, and very charming ways. Our team often has a hard time selecting a direction for the art after her sketches, because her ideas are all so well-developed and engaging. She is a dream to collaborate with for cover art, because she works well within the limitations that a logo and cover lines impose. It's probably not a coincidence that her covers are usually our best-selling issues of the year."
Creative Director, Spirituality & Health Magazine
“Her work is both artful and wise.”
"When you work with Penny, you learn to be earnestly open to all possibilities, then delighted and confident in your eventual choices. Penny proceeds through life fully engaged, and in the end, demonstrates not just an artist’s touch, but a thoughtful and practical appreciation of the overall communication. Her work is both artful and wise. After you work with Penny, you feel lucky you got the chance to."
Creative Director, Young & Laramore Advertising
“She is gracious and flexible.”
"Penelope’s work often catches my attention in the annuals, so I’m grateful when I have an opportunity to work with her. In addition to creating beautiful images that work well with my editorial projects, she is gracious and flexible and I really enjoy the process of working through concepts with her to come up with the best possible solution."
Creative Director, Hales Creative