‘Spotlight On’ Penny German

‘Spotlight On’ Penny German 1
At what point in your life did you know you would be a painter
 
Probably when I was about 7 years old, I used to lie on a patterned rug in our sitting room, drawing shapes inspired by that particular carpet.
 
Where did you study?
 
I studied firstly, at Ipswich School of Art, my life drawing teacher was John Constable, yep his great-great-great grandson (not sure how many greats).
 
Who are your biggest influences?
 
I think my biggest influences are probably the still life painters – William Nicholson, Georgio Morandi, but I also love the work of John Singer Sargent and Joachim Sorolla
 
What is your favourite piece of art?
 
My most favourite piece of art is The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.  I saw this in the flesh a couple of years ago and it reduced me to tears.
 
Where are you happiest painting?
 
I am happiest in my studio, always!  My love affair with art is governed by two things, my passion for oil paints and the cycle of wonderful things offered by Mother Nature.  At this time of year especially, it’s a race to get the paint down fast enough and keep up with all she has to offer.  My studio is a place where I can while away a few creative hours doing what I love best.  When I get the chance, I go out and paint the countryside around me.
 
What makes you enjoy exhibiting with Nadia Waterfield Fine Art
 
I love Nadia’s gallery.  It’s so light and airy and there are so many great artists of such differing style.  There’s something for everyone.
 
Penny grew up in Northamptonshire and has exhibited widely for over 30 years.  She initially specialised in watercolour botanical illustration until ten years ago when she discovered her love of oil painting.
 
Her husband’s job has taken them around the world, giving Penny an abundance of scope and inspiration during her travels.  She has met so many talented artists and exhibited in some wonderful spaces, but has always come back to her beloved Northamptonshire.
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