Meet the Locals. Penny Golledge
This month I had an interview with the local magazine publishers, Prince Publications
here is the article, due to come out in April’s edition of the magazine: New Milton Mail, Barton Bugle, The Mercury and Highcliffe Herald.
Penny Golledge an artist who has been living in our town for the last eighteen years. Her skill in creating the most amazing paintings has helped her to overcome a number of personal tragedies in both her own life and those of her immediate family. Her artwork has also helped her find a new way of looking at the world.
Penny was born in Leatherhead but moved with her family to Milford on Sea when she was 13. She was already a talented self taught artist, and enjoyed painting the scenery around Milford and in the Forest. After attending Priestlands School she worked as a typist for Southern Gas and later as a Care Assistant in a Christchurch nursing home. It was about this time she met Richard Golledge, the local farmer’s son. They were married, and had Emma and then Mark. Sadly, Emma was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 4, she relapsed at 6, but her life was saved by her little brother, Mark, who donated his bone marrow. Emma survived, and life resumed, Penny and Richard relaxed, and their third child Henry was born.
Penny’s first break as a commercial artist came in1995 when guitarist, Bernie Marsden asked her to create artwork for his album covers. Hampshire Brewery then asked Penny to design beer bottle labels for them.
In 2002 Penny won first prize for the ‘paint a Wildlife Subject with this
painting of an Alligator with its beady eye on an Egret in the Florida everglades. The competition was run by wildlife artist, Roy Chaffin, who taught her how to paint realistic fur and hair. She joined Marwell International Wildlife Art Society which gave her access to the wonderful animals at Marwell but also brought her work to the attention of a wider audience. Celebrated wildlife artist, Pip McGarry, encouraged and also tutored her.
Penny felt the market was saturated with really talented wildlife artists, so started looking at other genres. Her first tutor, Roy Chaffin suggested that she try fantasy art so she joined the Society for the Art of Imagination (http://artofimagination.org/) There she met up with the very talented artist, Brigid Marlin who taught her how to paint using the Mische technique, layering of light and dark oils very much in the style of the old masters. She also started to research the world of spirituality.
2006 saw Penny hold her first solo exhibition of fantasy art at Highcliffe castle. She also exhibited at Hilliers garden centre in Romsey with the ‘Best of Hampshire Artists’. That same year she won first prize in an oil painting competition in France with her work entitled Mfalme (King).
Penny was invited to exhibit at the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres where her work Guinevere received critical acclaim.
In 2009 she received the devastating news that she had breast cancer, but after initially accepting traditional medicine Penny chose not to continue with chemotherapy so sought solace at a retreat in Bristol called The Penny Brohn Centre. There she was given back control of her own health and by 2010 Penny was clear of cancer.
She began painting again, but her daughter Emma, then suffered a stroke, she was only 26. Although traumatic, Emma made a good recovery despite all the odds. Just as she was recovering, Richard, Penny’s husband unexpectedly died of cancer yet through these extremely difficult four years Penny kept her art work going. Not to the extent of earlier years, but she felt that her paintings and her spiritual beliefs kept her sane and helped her heal on all levels.
In 2015, she was then offered an opportunity to exhibit a painting her ‘Ptah’ in Montreal for the Canadian Society of Art of the Imagination.
This was an opportunity for Penny to travel out to Canada for the first time and take her youngest son with her. Together they had a memorable visit to Niagara Falls.
In addition to exhibiting her work in local galleries such as ‘The Hayloft’ in Christchurch, Penny has become more internationally accepted as a fantasy artist. In 2017 she exhibited this work
entitled The Fool at the One Art Space, Tribeca in New York.
She has another painting currently on display at the International Surrealism Now exhibition in Portugal.
In addition to paintings Penny is also producing a range of gifts and jewellery many of which feature elements from her paintings.
If you would like to see more of Penny’s art visit her website at www.pennyg.com . If you would like to contact Penny to discuss her art or perhaps to commission her to produce a piece for you, Penny is contactable on 01425 614402 or via e mail at email@example.com