About Penny
Penny Richards has been painting and exhibiting throughout New Zealand for nearly twenty years, sporadically and with some success.

However it took the threat of imminent old age (turning 40) to stir the slumbering artist into activity.

Fortified with "a more mature and considered approach to life, art and passions in general", the artist has been working largely in dry pastels for the last two years.

Penny's first solo exhibition in November 2002 was of 17 pastels, at the Gallery 203 in Nelson, New Zealand. The show was close to a sellout.

Penny has no formal tertiary qualification in art, but has been the benefactor of numerous summer schools and weekend workshops. She says one of the turning points in a fairly twisty life was the Head of University Art Department telling her that art degrees were unlikely to provide an income. Following that advice she enrolled in a science degree. Leaving university she worked as a zoological illustrationist for a period before following a business career where she now works as a Communications Manager.

Penny finds inspiration in the Impressionists, particularly John Singer Sargeant and Vincent Van Gogh.

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