the journey

About the Artist

Penny Warden began to paint at a very early age and indeed was highly commended for her work by the Royal Drawing Society when only 12 years old.

Despite the protests of her art teachers she did not continue in her art studies after leaving school but pursued various careers in the city of London and finally in teaching after graduating in 1984 with a degree in Theology from Westminster College, Oxford.

However, Penny continued to paint, even when heading a Religious Studies Department and raising two children. Finally after beginning a degree in Fine Art in the late 1990’s she became a full time artist in 2001.

Penny paints her images with a maximum of spontaneity and energetic expression. The sense of movement and vibrancy, which is Penny’s trademark, is especially evident in her figurative oil paintings.

As well as her gallery work which is increasingly sought after, Penny is now well known for her spiritual paintings. After exhibiting her work on a solo tour of ten Cathedrals in the UK, Penny was commissioned for this “major project of national significance” in Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire, in 2005.

With accolades from Desmond Tutu “wonderfully creative” and sponsored by Blackburn Rovers FC this “extraordinary exhibition will be seen by generations to come.”

In 2010 Penny was commissioned by Trinity Hospice Blackpool for eight 6ft oil paintings for their chapel.

Penny has been interviewed several times for BBC radio and filmed for a worldwide satellite television broadcast; she has featured in a number of national magazines and publications; she has had her work used by Cambridge University and has exhibited and spoken about her work at Oxford University.

Penny has been a speaker at numerous conferences; she has been part of several consultation groups at Windsor Castle on ‘Human Creativity in the Arts’ and is currently a Trustee of The Christian Arts Trust. Her commissioned work can be seen on the BBC website.

To see her gallery work please visit