CP's Bio

Cheryl Pennington

Allenspark, Colorado – Hand Colorist and Photographer

www.cpsphotos.net   clpenni@q.com

Cheryl Pennington retired from the teaching profession after 30 years and began to hand color black & white photos. Cheryl hand colored the photo that was featured on the Official Town of Estes Park Christmas Ornament for 2005. It is an historical photo of the Stanley Hotel in its original ‘golden’ color. The Lula W. Dorsey Museum at the YMCA of the Rockies commissioned Cheryl to hand color photos that appear in a commemorative book YMCA of the Rockies- Reflections, Traditions and Vision (written by Jack and Lulabeth Melton).This book was released in the summer of 2006 to celebrate their 100th anniversary (2007). The book features over 100 historic hand colored photos representing the growth of the YMCA. Cheryl hand colored 43 of the photographs in Rocky Mountain Rustic a publication of the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Cheryl teaches seminars on the fine art of hand coloring photographs for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Contact Cheryl or Rocky Mountain Nature Association for details. This past year Cheryl has hand colored the cover for a recently released book entitled Rocky Mountain National Park Pictorial History. The book was written by Kenneth Jessen.

Cheryl Pennington was born in Emporia, Kansas and received her Bachelors Degree from Kansas State Teachers College. She came to Colorado as a teaching assistant at the University of Colorado and received her Masters Degree. She taught Physical Education and coached swimming in Niwot, Colorado and Longmont, Colorado. Cheryl moved to the Estes Park area in 1978. Upon retiring from the teaching profession, Cheryl began to pursue her interest in black and white photography. She began printing her own pictures and hand coloring them. She uses Marshall Oils and pencils to color the photographs. She enjoys scenic and nature photography.

Cheryl also re-photographs and prints historic photos from the Northern Colorado front range area. She prints the pictures in black and white and then hand colors the black and white image, with photo oils and pencils. Historically, many black and white photos were hand colored before the advent of color film. Barbara Clatworthy Gish, daughter of historic photographer Fred Payne Clatworthy, has give Cheryl permission to hand color many of her father’s historic images.

Besides photography, Cheryl enjoys the Colorado mountains. She presently volunteers at the Lake Eldora Ski Area and teaches in the Eldora Special Recreation Program. She also officiates many local swimming meets, and serves on the board of the Estes Park Museum Friends ad Foundation, Inc. as the graphic designer.


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