Penny Overton was born in Berkshire and raised in Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Cheshire. A graduate of a Foundation Degree in Art, specialising in fine art and ceramics at Euclid Street College in Swindon, Wiltshire, Penny has continued with her art practice throughout her years raising a family in Leamington Spa and now in the beautiful South Norfolk village of Hingham.
In 2018 she made the decision to restart her professional art career, specialising in land and seascapes and in a first step back into the art world, entered the wildcard competition on Sky Arts’ ‘Landscape Artist Of The Year’ TV series. She was selected as one of the fifty wildcard artists who were invited to Inveraray in Argyll & Bute to paint alongside the featured artists in the programme. Penny won the wildcard competition, appearing on the programme and going on to also be selected as a wildcard for the following two years.
This endorsement kick-started a career which has gone on to see her open her own gallery – Little London Gallery – in Hingham and in the meantime has exhibited at The Pump Room, Art In The Park and The Loft Theatre in Leamington Spa and Number 8 Gallery in Pershore
Penny specialises in landscapes, seascapes and abstract paintings and prints, inspired by her view of the Norfolk countryside and coast. Her work captures the changing seasons, colour and light, expressing her own emotional response to what she sees.
She works in acrylics, bringing extra depth, texture and intricacy by combining the paint with other media including chalk, pastel, ink, sand, foil, even tea and coffee grounds. Natural objects like leaves, feathers and earth may feature, with Penny often scraping back layers and then reapplying paint multiple times, washing over the canvases with other media and applying colour and texture with non-traditional implements, to achieve a complex and captivating result that is as much a physical and emotional response to the land and sea as it is a depiction of them.