Kim lives in a 100 year old character home near Lacombe Alberta, She spends her day, painting, riding and raising a family. This well accomplished artist was raised near Morden, Manitoba, and graduated from the University of Manitoba with degrees in Fine Arts & Education.
The road to her artistic career began early in life, with a great deal of support from her parents, who would enter her artwork in local fairs and art festivals. Further encouragement from teachers and peers, along with a passion for both horses and painting all contributed to Kim Penner’s ultimate decision to follow the path that seemed pre-ordained for her.
Penner is passionate about portraying both the natural beauty of horses, and that of the landscapes & environments that these gracious animals occupy, both domestically & in the wild. Research for her paintings takes her far & wide, from the rolling hills of Kentucky, to the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Kim Penner’s work has been enthusiastically received by collectors from around the world. Her paintings have been featured in publications such as Horse & Rider, The Paint Horse Journal, US Art, and the Collector Edition of New York.
Penner was awarded the “Best New Artist” at the 1997 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Western Art Auction. This was followed by the “Best of Show” in 2003 for “Spirit of the West”, again at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Western Art Auction and “Best of Show” at the 2006 Calgary Stampede Sales Salon. In 2012 Kim was commissioned by Rocky Mountain Show Jumping to paint Eric Lamaze and Hickstead in a “Moment in Time” as a tribute to this amazing horse. Her art is also featured on stationary products including an annual calendar by Pineridge Art .