(Born Wilson) 1945.
Penny White grew up in rural Somerset.
She was educated at:
Wells Blue Grammar School 1955 - 1963.
Reading University Fine Art Department (BA Hons degree course) 1963 - 1967.
She has two daughters and two grandchildren.
In 1990 she left her career in teaching and moved to London where she started her tutorial business: Penny White Tuition, this afforded her the time and freedom to start painting again.
Moving away from her earlier abstract work, Penny White started producing large watercolour paintings based on flowers. As the flower paintings became larger, the surface area is often made up of 40 or more images floated across the entire surface to form one large square. Sometimes these vast watercolours (up to 6 feet square), on handmade paper are simply images of the flowers' petals, at other times the whole flower head is painted. These works become monumental celebrations of the sensual qualities of flowers. They are unashamedly beautiful paintings and stand alone in the current art scene.
1990-1995 Penny White opened:
The Colonial Gallery within the Colonial Restaurant.
Organising and hanging monthly, selling exhibitions.
She had four Solo shows and exhibited in numerous group shows.
1993 - 1999: Exhibited and sold work in West London Open Studios.
2000: Solo Show at East West Gallery, 8 Blenheim Crescent, London W11. 2000: Christmas Group Show at East West Gallery.
2001: Summer Group Show At East West Gallery.
2002: Second Solo Show at East West Gallery.
2002: Paintings were displayed in Michael Reeves Interiors . Brompton Road , London SW7.
2010: Solo show at the John Martin Gallery 38 Albemarle Street, London W1.
Half of the proceeds of this show plus the first £5000 of sales were donated to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.
Penny White's paintings and her displays of them in her London home have attracted publicity from various publications :
2000: Galleries magazine. 2001: Homes and Gardens. 2001: Country Homes.
2000 and 2002: Evening Standard.
2003: Aurum Press Ltd: Picture Perfect by Stephanie Hoppen. 2010: House Beautiful.
2010: House and Garden.
Since her move to London in 1990 Penny White's paintings have sold to clients from all over the world. Prices start at £2500.
All of Penny White's work is framed to archival standard by Conservation Framers: John Jones London.
In April 2012, Penny White bought and renovated a lateral flat stretching across two houses in an unspoilt Georgian Crescent in Clifton, Bristol.
Inspired by the outlook onto a terrace, a communal garden and small woodland, Penny White's paintings took a new direction; with the terrace, the wood, the moon and the seasons all becoming part of a new painting vocabulary. A selection of these paintings can be seen on this website.