Having completed a Fine Art degree and MA at Manchester Metropolitan University, Penny spent 25 years teaching art at all levels while occasionally finding time to develop her own practice. For the past few years she has been working full time as an artist, exhibiting work widely across the country and working on commissions as far afield as Canada.
My love of the outdoors leads me to paint in the mountains; I work from my experiences in the wild and remote parts of Britain and my travels. I paint using oil paints textured with earth and grit often from the rocks beneath me. Pieces are either made outside, returning to the same spot over a few weeks or developed later from drawings and photos taken on my wanderings.
Printmaking links to my love of the outdoors, reflecting a connection with rivers and upland fells and the fragile and constantly changing environment. Monotypes of fells, mountains and moorland and limited edition dry point etchings of British wildlife reference their place in textile design over the centuries and my own narrative informed by running, climbing and kayaking in Northern Britain.
Based in the Yorkshire Dales, but working between the Dales, the Lakes and Scottish Highlands gives unending inspiration for oil paintings, ceramics and printmaking of rugged, windswept landscapes and those people who love the outdoors walking, running and climbing through them.