Pennie painted her first pet portrait, her cat Katie, when she was twelve. Following her painting of her beloved Hungarian Wirehaired Viszlas, ZsaZsa and Eva [www.starshot.co.uk] in 2016 Pennie received many requests to paint animal portraits including dogs, cats (large and domestic), rabbits and even hamsters so Pennie’s Pet Portraits was launched in September 2017, since when she has completed all the animals in the portrait gallery.
Pennie works in pastel, both soft and oil, acrylic or watercolour, whichever she finds best for getting to grips with her subject. She enjoys the intimacy that working in pastel creates.
Clients have included: the Reverend Richard Coles' Dachshunds; Strictly's very own Karen Hauer's rescue dogs Betty, Marley and Phoebe (www.wildatheartfoundation.org); www.wellbeingsglobal.com (Sula, Spanish Water dog); www.eastbournesalsa.com (Bepoke Cards); Variety the Children's Charity (www.variety.org.uk) auction winners [Rafa, Havanese] ; Embrace Charity auction winners www.embraceeastsussex.uk )[Topsy, Cavalier King Charles ]; The Grand Order of Water Rats charity (www.gowr.net) auction winners; American Actor, Joanna Lipari [Weimaraner, Jazz, Pomsky,Hotshot and Xray]; author Tessa Dahl; members of the Royal Family and Pennie's work is in the UK, Switzerland, Italy, France, USA and Down Under in Australia.