Penny Billings is a contemporary realist painter influenced by the American Tonalist painters of the late 19th century and by the preceding Barbizon School in Europe. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor in Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College. A member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and other professional art organizations, she is recognized nationally and internationally in juried art competitions for her luminous use of oils.
She has been featured in American Art Collector magazine and has been exhibited at the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Boston International Fine Art Show, MA State House in Boston, and in numerous regional competitions, including those of The Guild of Boston Artists and the Copley Society of Art in Boston.
She received the highest award for landscape oil painting in the American Artists Professional League’s 85th Grand National Exhibition in New York and was one of the international finalists in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition several times, and in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon.
She also won national awards in the Audubon Artists’ Annual Juried National Exhibition, at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and in the Academic Artists Association’s National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art. Her 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.