Artist: Penny Smith
Artist: Penny Smith
Art Medium: Oil, Pastel Ink Collage with Gold Leaf
Original Painting Price: £700
Limited Edition A4 Prints – £40.00
Cards of Paintings For Sale £2.00 each
Large renovated Victorian wooden chest. Covered in beautifully, sublime seascape imagery of sea mammals in arctic waters.
Dimensions: L70 cm x W40 cm X H37 cm
Art Medium: Renovated Furniture
Recently, I have rekindled my love of painting using acrylics, exploring unusual and ‘other worldly‘ occurrences in nature. I’m continuously inspired to paint by merging memories and travels, combined with imagination. This enables me to travel freely in my creative process to unique places, colour and content.
I spent many years working and volunteering at sea and living in a beautiful coastal town. In the past, this galvanised me to work with indigenous stones and woods, with exhibitions over several years.
Not currently a member of a Surrey Art Group or Surrey Art Society.
Painter in Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour. Occasional Sculptures
Studio at Okewoodhill near Dorking, open by appointment
I have also taught Life Drawing and Basic Design part-time in various colleges of Further Education, mainly to Architecture and Interior Design students.
My paintings are based on Realism, Observation and Recording. It might be a particular event or a sequence of events, a time of the year, an unusual happening or just something I think is beautiful or interesting. I want to show ordinary scenes in a compelling way; I want to draw the attention to what are quite often everyday occurrences.
I paint in Oil, Acrylic and Watercolour and also take the occasional sculptural commission.
Surrey Border Art Group
I run a portrait workshop
I have exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and with the Sussex Artists.
I work from photographs, as they provide an accurate foundation upon which the painting can develop, whilst still keeping the subtlety of a moment’s expression. Most of my portraits are Acrylic on Canvas or Board but I also use Pastel and Conte on Tinted Paper.
For a further selection of my work and details on prices and ordering, please visit my website.”
‘Thanks for the portrait of our lovely boy Milo! It’s one thing to capture the facial elements of a person accurately, it’s another to portray something of the metaphysical/spirit of the subject. You do both… in spades. Thank you so much for investing so much care and intelligence into every stroke. We love it!’
“Drawing and painting have been important to me since childhood. My best presents were cartridge pads, tins of crayons and paintboxes. The simple pleasure of making ‘pictures’ was so much more fun than maths homework or Evensong choir practice with all those psalms; but then, what isn’t?
At school I had a wonderful art teacher, Pat Adams, who encouraged me to explore different media and study painters past and present. So a new world opened up and with it, dreams of being an artist. I took a Foundation Course in Art and Design in Epsom and then started a Fine Art Degree in Bristol. I continued to paint during my spare time from work and gradually concentrated on portraiture.
The human face and form crosses all boundaries and is therefore the most familiar and accessible of subjects. I had painted family and friends from life over the years, but once I started working from photos, my confidence grew. To start with this made me uneasy, until I found that painters – Sickert, for example, had used photos as a starting point. From those early efforts I began to get commissions from family, friends and then by word of mouth. I look to the portraits by artists such as Degas, Sargent and Freud to help me with ideas about brushwork, composition and colour.”
Image Size: 120cm x 160cm
Art Medium: Acrylic and Textile on Canvas
Painting Prices: Start @ £400 depending on size and detail
I am also working in collaboration with stencil artist @sicandotoo. Together, we create powerful works bursting with energy and colour. Have a look at the image, “Down in the Garden”.
Works on canvas can be made to any size. We make murals and can integrate them with mosaics. Please take a look at my gallery on the katwish website.
Background: I was co-founder of the puppet company, “Wishworks” touring shows and running workshops for children. I also worked in community art, constructing giant costumes and sculpture.
On both types of commissions, we can work from your good quality photos, or for an extra fee, we come and take photographs. We check in with customers at regular intervals about our progress.
We have a waiting list, but work steadily.
Portrait Prices: Start @ £400 depending on size and detail.