Pennies can’t buy much these days; not even a gum ball. But for Jacqueline Lou Skaggs they are the perfect canvas for miniature oil paintings. It’s amazing how much detail she is able to convey on such a tiny surface. By defacing the pennies, Skaggs adds value and beauty to something that would otherwise have close to none.
According to the artist:
Initially these coins were going to be spent- nestled with other coins in an exchange of goods. Or tossed back to the sidewalks from whence they came. Nice thoughts. However, these works remain hoarded as art rather than currency or discarded, valueless copper.
To see more works that bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “pretty penny” check out Jacqueline Lou Skaggs’ website.