Penny works in a variety of media but linocut and mixed media collage predominate. She particularly likes the medium of linocut for the boldness and strength of image it produces.
Subject matter is drawn from her response to nature, landscape and garden settings. She looks for the underlying shapes and forms that impose structure and design on a subject and tries to incorporate these into her work. Evoking atmosphere through use of colour, texture, pattern and line is crucial.
They can make for a ‘heady’ mix which calls for a visual ‘celebration’. The finished lino prints are characterised by bold stylised images that combine areas of flat colour with areas of subtly layered inks to produce tonality, depth and richness. She uses a relief printing press together with hand burnishing to add depth and tone.
A number of Penny’s designs, both linocuts and mixed media collages, have been published as cards and are now available at a new website (address above) which is just devoted to cards.
Penny’s career as an artist began in the mid-90’s, graduating in 1995 with a degree in Art and Design from the University of East Anglia. Since then she has been steadily building a reputation for her work, exhibiting at various galleries in East Anglia and beyond.
She is a founder member of Artworks and since 2003, its Chairperson. In 2011, she was commissioned to illustrate Carol Klein’s monthly column in BBC Gardens Illustrated magazine.