Richard and Penny Sisto met at a spiritual community in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California in 1970. Ten years later, they were married on a farm adjacent to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Nelson County. Their wedding party consisted of their nine children plus several monks, priests, and nuns.
The Sistos operated a dairy farm until 1990, when they built a home in the woods of the Floyd Knobs in Indiana. There they both took work from their studios, Richard as a jazz musician and Penny as a fabric artist.
Both Dick and Penny have been working at their arts since early childhood. Dick was raised in a musical family in Chicago, and Penny grew up on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. Both have performed and/or shown their work all over the United States and around the world.