J u d y P e n n e f a t h e r
Having worked in most mediums over the years, it is the sheer challenge of watercolour painting that excites me — the complexities and transparency of the medium that create the wonderful variance in colour and design. I find this so totally different to painting in any other medium.
After raising her family, Judy Pennefather attended the Royal Art Society Art School where her work was initially influenced by Alan Hansen. Some years later, she was mentored into watercolour by Frederic Bates. In 1978, she was awarded the Royal Art Society’s James R. Jackson Award and obtained the Royal Art Society Art School Diploma in 1984. She has taught for many years in the Art School of the Royal Art Society, particularly in the genres of portraiture and still life.
Pennefather has won numerous prizes over the years both for her traditional and contemporary works, including the 1980 Portia Geach Memorial Award, and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
She is represented in public collections, including the University of Sydney, the Sydney Eye Hospital and Willoughby Council, as well as in collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Japan.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2004, she became a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales in 1988 and was elected to the Royal Art Society Council in 1998. Having previously served as RAS Vice President, she was elected President in 2000, being that Society’s first woman President, a position she currently held until 2015.