Award-winning artist Penny Billings works in a style of contemporary realism influenced by the American Tonalist and Hudson River School painters of the late 19th century, and by the preceding Barbizon School artists in Europe.
A native Bostonian, Billings has been elected to juried artist membership in both the Salmagundi Club and the American Artists Professional League in New York, where she has been honored as an elected Fellow, in the Copley Society of Art in Boston, where she serves on the Art Committee, and in Oil Painters of America. She is also a member of Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists and other professional art organizations.
Billings’s luminous oil paintings have been recognized nationally and internationally in juried art competitions, where they have exhibited in one-artist and group shows, including exhibition at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York, and at the Boston International Fine Art Show, the Copley Society of Art, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
Her work won the highest award for landscape oil painting in the American Artists Professional League’s 85th Grand National Exhibition in New York. Her paintings have been international finalists in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition several times, and in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon. Billings won national awards in the Audubon Artists’ 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’s work has also been juried into the national annual competitions of Allied Artists of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Salmagundi Club of New York. Her paintings were 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.
Her richly conceived landscapes are inspired by the late 19th century 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.
Billings’s paintings grace fine art collections throughout the United States and internationally.
Her work and more information can be seen on her website at: pennybillingsfineart.com