Born in Mildura in 1961, Craig Penny studied Art at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, now Ballarat University, where Painting and Graphic Design attracted most of his attention. Craig pursued a successful career as an illustrator in the Advertising Industry and became a member of the Illustrators Association of Australia.
Craig’s career has progressed into a range of mediums. He had a successful career in teaching both traditional Drawing and Illustration at Victoria University and Digital drawing and Illustration at Swinburne University. Throughout this time, he never lost his love of using traditional methods and subsequently specialized in watercolours, acrylic painting and illustrations. This has lead to an extremely successful solo career.
Since the early 2000's, Craig has been exhibiting in Solo and Group Exhibitions and has been awarded many art show prizes. As well as Australian galleries, Craig is now represented by galleries in the USA and Singapore. His work is held in many private Australian collections as well collections in the USA, UK, Singapore, and Cambodia.
“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