Art By Jimmie Pennington

Flat Gap, KY
Visual Artist


“I had to fall into the darkness to see the light, and from the light came my art,” says Jimmie. He’s written poetry since the age of 12, but it wasn’t until he was 49, after a breakdown, that he discovered his gifts in visual arts. Dealing with chronic depression, he finds joy in his art and in his country living. “When the worries of today or tomorrow begin to weigh upon my soul, I drift to the places of my heart. I close my eyes and I am amidst the hills, cliffs, and hollows that have molded me into a man, I am at peace.”

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Arts for All Kentucky with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.