Penny Barr is an artist living on a two-storey floating home at the foot of the spectacular Scarborough Bluffs. She specializes in cartooning and illustration but also frequently does commissioned portraits. She spent twenty-five years in the art department of the Globe and Mail as an artist/designer and recalls fondly the great fun they used to have there.
Penny not only lives in a floating home on the water but works on a thirty-three foot, restored, Dutch-style riverboat. This vessel is moored right across from her home and she goes there every day. (The commute is two minutes!) It's a wonderful, one-of-a-kind, floating studio where Penny paints pictures and sketches life as she sees it.
Among her other loves is music. Penny sings in several jazz combos and groups in and around the city. Eons ago, she used to be a rocker but her repertoire now is mostly traditional jazz and the American Songbook. She has been lucky to become friends with some of Canada's top-notch, Juno Award-winning, players in the last few years and often jams with them on an informal basis.