Renown for her work in the style of the European Barbizon painters and the American Tonalist movement of the late 19th century, Penny Billings’ landscape paintings are collected throughout the United States and internationally. Penny captures the grace, serenity and constantly changing moods of the countryside and the important intersection between light and shadow in her ethereal works.

Penny Billings works in a unique style of contemporary realism.  Painting from her imagination, memories or plein air field sketches, Penny’s award-winning tonalist oil paintings capture the constantly shifting light and mood of today’s varied American landscape.

In New York, Penny has been honored as both a signature member of the American Artists Professional League and as a juried artist member of the storied Salmagundi Club.  At the Copley Society of Art in Boston she has achieved the highest distinction bestowed on an artist of Copley Master, and has chaired both its Art Committee and its Membership Committee.  Penny is also an associate with distinction artist member of American Women Artists and a member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.

Her oil paintings have won numerous awards in juried exhibitions.  They have been recognized nationally and internationally in art competitions and commercial art gallery installations, where they have exhibited in solo and group shows, including exhibitions at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York, at the Boston International Fine Art Show, the Copley Society of Art, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston, as well as in museums and some of the top commercial art gallery venues across the United States.

Penny’s luminous paintings have been international finalists many times in the prestigious Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon and in 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 its 87th, 89th & 92nd Grand National Exhibitions.  Penny 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, in exhibitions at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and in the Academic Artists Association’s National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art.

Penny serves regularly as a juror for art competitions, and her own work has been juried into additional competitions of the California Art Club, American Women Artists, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Hudson Valley Art Association, Allied Artists of America, American Impressionist Society, and Salmagundi Club, 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.

Inspired by the American Tonalist master painters who idealized the 19th century countryside and the Barbizon School artists in Europe, and created using the best archival materials, Penny’s atmospheric oil paintings celebrate the grace and serenity of the contemporary American landscape.

They grace personal and corporate fine art collections in both traditional and contemporary spaces throughout the United States and internationally.