Collection: Penny Simmons

As a young watercolor artist, I was drawn to the works of Andrew Wyeth. His beautifully rendered paintings defined my art path for the next 25 years.  Workshops improved my technique, but watercolor left me feeling frustrated. In May 2016 I met an oil painter whose work inspired me to change my medium to oils. I began studying the concepts of traditional oil painting techniques of some of America’s most celebrated artists, including Richard Schmid.   By layering medium and paint I developed a style that is reminiscent of old-world paintings.  I am inspired by works of mid-19th century French artists; Jean-Francois Millet, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Alfred Sisley, and the British artists, John Constable, Thomas Cole and J.M.W. Turner. My artistic intent is to elicit memories and sentiment.  

I am a member of Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Watercolor Society of Oregon and an Associate member of Oil Painters of America.

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