Penny was born in Felixstowe Suffolk but now lives in Northamptonshire. She trained at Ipswich School of Art, Foundation and Graphic Design and North Oxfordshire School of Art, BA Fine Art. For the past five years she has been producing a painting a day. These days she spends more time on larger paintings but still aims to produce small oil sketches as a regular discipline. Previously, she specialized in botanical illustration in watercolour, working on projects for the RHS and Oxford University Press. Ten years ago she discovered a love of oil painting and has since been working to capture the effects of light in still life and portraits.