Biography

 

Award-winning artist Penny Billings works in a unique style of contemporary realism.  Her luminous oil paintings capture the constantly shifting light and mood of the varied American landscape.

 

A native Bostonian, Billings has been elected to juried artist membership in the Salmagundi Club of New York and the American Artists Professional League (where she has been honored as an elected Fellow), The Copley Society of Art in Boston (where she serves on the Art Committee and previously chaired the Membership Committee), and Oil Painters of America.

 

Billings paintsBillings’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 paintings have been international finalists many times in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon and The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition.  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 additional awards in both its 87th & 89th Grand National Exhibitions.  Billings has also won national prizes in the Audubon Artists’ National Exhibition, in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club at the National Arts Club in New York, and in the Academic Artists Association’s National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art.

 

Billings serves as a juror for art competitions, and her own work has been juried into additional national competitions of the 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.  

Billings studio brushes

 

Her richly conceived landscapes are inspired by the 19th century American Tonalist painters who idealized the civilized countryside, and those of the French Barbizon school who immortalized the beauty of the pastoral.  Billings’s own atmospheric oil paintings celebrate the grace and serenity of the contemporary American landscape, and the ever-important intersection of light and shadow.

 

They grace fine art collections throughout the United States and internationally.