Spending time outside is important to me. My 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. Using elements of the landscape itself to interpret the landscape around me, trying to convey a feeling of atmosphere rather than detail is integral to my work. These sketches are sometimes developed into the first layers of paintings outside, then further developed in the studio. I build up layers of paint and cold wax, working from memories and sketches, never photographs which remove the immediacy of the feel of the place.
Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Penny’s studio overlooks wide open landscape with mountain peaks. 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. Sketches made in the landscape are made using Wallace Seymour ancient drawing materials; stones and mud on specially prepared papers. Wallace Seymour make artist paints and are based in the same village; their handmade paints are ground from local rocks and used in Penny's paintings.