Award-winning artist Penny Billings works in her own unique style of contemporary realism, influenced by the late 19th century American Tonalist master painters and the preceding Barbizon School artists of continental Europe. Her luminous oil paintings grace fine art collections throughout the United States and internationally.
A native Bostonian, Billings has been elected to juried artist membership in the prestigious Salmagundi Club and the American Artists Professional League in New York (where she has been honored as an elected Fellow), the Copley Society of Art in Boston (where she currently serves on the Art Committee and previously chaired the Membership Committee), and Oil Painters of America. She is also a member of Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists.
Billings’s oil paintings have been recognized nationally and internationally in juried art competitions and commercial art gallery installations, where they have exhibited in one-artist and group shows, including numerous exhibitions at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and at the Boston International Fine Art Show and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
Her work received the highest award for landscape oil painting in the American Artists Professional League’s 85th Grand National Exhibition in New York, and the Dianne Rudy Memorial Award in the League’s 87th Grand National Exhibition. Her paintings have been international finalists many times in both the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon and The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. Billings has also won national awards in the Audubon Artists’ 70th Annual Juried National Exhibition, where she received the Richeson & Company Gold Brush Award for Oil Painting, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, where she received the Charlotte Dunwiddie Memorial Award for a Traditional Work at the National Arts Club in New York, and the Academic Artists Association’s National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art, where she has received multiple awards.
Billings serves as a juror for art competitions and her own work has been juried into the national annual competitions of Allied Artists of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Salmagundi Club of New York, among others. Her paintings have been selected several times for the Salon International, a project of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters in Texas, and for the international Laumeister Fine Art Competition at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont. Billings’s paintings have also exhibited in many regional juried competitions, including those of the Copley Society of Art and the Guild of Boston Artists in Boston.
Her richly conceived landscapes are inspired by the late 19th century American Tonalist painters, notably George Inness, Alexander Wyant, Charles Warren Eaton, and John Francis Murphy, who idealized the civilized landscape, and those of the French Barbizon school such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, who immortalized the beauty of the pastoral. Her own atmospheric oil paintings capture the grace, serenity and constantly changing moods of the countryside, and the important intersection between light and shadow.