Debbie Penley is a multimedia artist with a recent concentration in fiber art. With a focus on nature and wildlife animals, her work ranges from the realistic and lifelike to the abstract and whimsical. She enjoys the tactile qualities of her work, and is often amazed at the almost magical transformation of the raw materials from a fluid state into something more enduring and solid. Debbie prefers a neutral, muted palette for many of her pieces, but takes the leap into vivid colors on occasion, delighting even herself. She creates most of her work by felting wool, either with a needle or with soap and water. The former requires the use of special needles with barbs to tangle the wool, while the later depends on agitation to help the fibers migrate into a permanent felt.