Penny Brown



Penny has always worked as a professional artist. She trained as a theatre designer and designed scenery and costumes for productions all over Great Britain. Simultaneously her oil paintings of shop fronts and formal gardens sold at the Portal Gallery in London’s Bond Street. Gradually she focused more on illustration – first craft and lifestyle books, then gardening, natural history and design source books and has worked for many publishers, including DK, Liberty’s, Reader’s Digest, Lorenz Books, Guild of Master Craftsmen, David and Charles, and Search Press. Her work has appeared in over 75 books, including How to Draw Garden Flowers published by Search Press.

Her love of portraying the natural world led her to enroll on the SBA Distance Learning Course. In 2011 Penny graduated with a Distinction and won the Award for Excellence. She gained full membership in 2013 and exhibits with the SBA at Westminster Hall, at Palmengarten in Frankfurt and the Jardin Botanico in Madrid. She exhibits regularly in South West England, opening her studio for Dorset Art Weeks. In 2014 her painting “Grape Hyacinth” was on loan to Museo Centro Gaias in Santiago de Compostela, Spain for their Auga Doce Exhibition. In 2015 her collage work won The Presidents Prize at The SBA Annual Exhibition and also The Judith Milne Design and Composition Award at the SFP Exhibition.

She has recently written and illustrated ‘Botanical Drawing – A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit and Other Plant Life’, published in 2018 by Search Press. Penny works in watercolour, graphite pencil and multimedia collage and is open to commission.

She leads workshops in graphite pencil drawing and cut paper collage.

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