Growing up as a female in this world has its share of challenges. We go through many stages of life questioning who we should be. In many cases we are told who we are, and what we should become. Everyone of us shines differently. Beautiful, independent, and articulate inside and out.  


Ever day all over the world, we are shattering glass ceilings. We run companies, perform life saving surgeries, and even lead countries. We dedicate ourselves to others in so many ways, pouring every bit of ourselves into things that matter the most. We create loving families, loving homes, and positive futures. 


I began to paint to show the world what I saw in women. Coming in all shapes and sizes, all walks of life; I saw women expressing themselves beautifully. I wanted to bring that to light through my own journey and through my art. The first girl I painted was Toxic Girl. This was during my transition from High School to College. She represents strength and courage. Never afraid of difficult situations, but always protecting the girl inside. She became a piece of many in my path of life.


Over the years, I painted one girl after another. Each one representing something special in someone.  I brought forth new girls through color, and canvas, one after another. Personalities, and passions came to life through the paint brush. I felt this was something the world needed to see. I wanted to share my art with as many women as I could, to uplift and bring self empowerment. I wanted others to see the beauty I saw within themselves. Thus Penny Prints was created.


Penny Prints is an online store offering expressive art prints, accessories & apparel. Our mission was to empower women through art. “Be you, anytime, anywhere” became our mantra as a reminder for women to know they can be who they are freely. Every piece of artwork is a unique statement to ones individuality. We wanted to create products that offered utility, as well as expression. 


Penny Prints and artist Amanda Hard are avid supporters to women in need. After watching a close friend begin her battle with breast cancer Amanda Hard felt compelled to reach out not just with empowerment but support. Proceeds from the sales of some of our collections go to offer real time relief to those in need.  Penny Prints is dedicated to bringing positivity today, to make for a better tomorrow. 

Painting to empower women


Amanda Hard started painting her "girls" while trying to find her place in the world.


Author: Amanda Hill


Published: 1:50 PM EST February 6, 2019

Updated: 2:13 PM EST February 6, 2019

WHITEFIELD, Maine — Art often focuses on the outer beauty, but an artist in Whitefield is looking at what's inside; what makes a woman who she is.