Penny was born in England and her early years were spent
growing up in Kenya and later Zambia. From a young age, living in contact
with the bush in central and southern Africa, Penny's close association with
nature engendered in her an affinity for the African environment and its
wildlife and birds, and a passion for her subjects and their conservation.
Penny's first scientific illustration projects, initially in carnivore anatomy and later in exacting species drawings for the South African Red Data Book of freshwater fish, were a base for further commissions and book projects, leading to a career as a wildlife artist and
Over the years Penny has illustrated various aspects of a wide range of African wildlife subjects, and she now spends much of her time engaged in bird artwork and illustration. Birds are amongst Penny's favourite subjects because they epitomize wildlife in its most natural state, with the freedom that all wild creatures should have. In particular, gamebirds are often symbols of unspoilt wilderness in Africa.
Wildlife art, and especially illustration work,requires detailed
reference material and she likes to complement field observation with her
own photographs, skins, and when available fresh specimens. It is
essential for her as an artist to see wild animals or birds in their
natural habitat to get a feel for their "jizz" and environment.