Born in Mildura, Craig has shown an interest in art and drawing from a very young age and has created a successful career as a professional artist.
In 1970, the family moved to the Western District of Victoria and Craig's love of art and artistic interests extended into ceramics
Studying art at Ballarat University, painting and graphic design allowing him to pursued a successful career as an illustrator.
Craig has skills in a range of mediums. He taught both traditional drawing, illustration and digital drawing at both Victoria University and Swinburne University.
Craig never lost his love of using traditional methods and specializes in watercolour, acrylic painting and illustration.
In 2001, Craig had his first major solo exhibition in Mt Eliza, Victoria. There have been many exhibitions since. Craig's work has been accepted by Galleries and private collections in Australia and around the world and is in strong demand today.
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Twenty Four minutes Craig demonstrates and chats about his art and life as an artist. Craig paints a contemporary acrylic beaches & boats painting for the show displaying his skills and sharing ideas
with the audience watching him paint,
Color In Your Life
Living as an Artist
"I like to think that to paint a successful painting is not so much to have tamed the beast, rather to have been taken along for the ride and still be there at the end of the experience.
For me painting is like life … giving yourself enough skill, knowledge and integrity and then letting yourself free to take what is thrown
your way. You don't need to tame and control it for magic to happen ... you just need to be there at the end." Craig Penny
Outside the Studio
"I still love getting out into the bush and drawing; learning to observe what is around me. I record a time, a place, something geographical, contemporary".
I work mostly from photos for reference where I can change the light source or the composition. One of my favourite places in the world is Cambodia - a real life experience. We mostly paint on location there.
People tell me "Craig we have 2 of your canvases and they create a lot of comment" - that's a buzz, like a reward for all of my hard work. I will be disappointed if my artwork hasn't evolved in 10 years time. I don't know what the future holds but I will give it a fair crack there is no doubt about that. - Craig Penny