Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Penny’s studio gives wide open windswept views of mountains, moorlands and mist; her work is about the little things that make up that landscape of freedom, the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather and find some perspective on life. Her home surroundings are a constant inspiration, the ever changing views and little changing histories and stories in the landscape.
Being drawn to the sea she also paints regularly from the coast of Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland, preferring rocky coastlines and rougher seas where she can spend hours watching the water move over and between obstacles. By painting directly on the shoreline seaweed, sand and spray are windblown into the work creating texture and atmosphere. Layers are later built up back in the studio, worked from memories and sketches, never photographs which remove the immediacy of the feel of the place, atmosphere not detail.
Her Fine Art degree, MA and many years teaching helped develop her paintings and printmaking, each material feeds back into the other, the layering, overprinting and intaglio techniques are present in all.