About Penelope Otto Dip. F.A. (Hons)
Painter and artist Penny Otto's work offers remarkable diversity through a body of work built up over a life-time, beginning at "Ilam School of Fine Arts" in Canterbury. Here she graduated with Honours in 1962 alongside fellow students Kay Hunter and the late Tony Fomison. For Penny having artists such as Bill Sutton, Russell Clark and Rudolph Gopaz as tutors was highly influential. Later in her own teaching Penny often found herself using her mentors' words.
She has launched successful artists; among them is Joanna Fieldes who has her own unique vision. View her work at www.joannafieldes.co.nz.
The magnificent hills and mountains of Canterbury had been daunting landscape subjects yet when Penny reached Auckland that she found a new challenge - water. Penny discovered she could best paint water by using pastel. Pastel afforded mobility and she would head for a vantage point to draw what was in front of her using textured paper and soft pastels.
A great deal of stimulation has been received by traveling in Europe and the Pacific Islands and many sketch books fill her cupboards. Penny often refers back these quick line drawings and memory to create her paintings.
In her home town Penny knows first-hand how important the art society
'Auckland East Arts Incorporated' is because for a long time the arts
were not represented in the area. So Penny is proud to be part of the
society strengthening the visibility of the arts. For her, the culture
of the arts brings as much colour to her world as a tube of paint.
2014 "Fusion" NBK Gallery, Auckland
2003,1999 Letham Gallery, Auckland
Selwyn Community Education
The Family of Zeus by Betsy Dawson, 1974, 2016
2012 Sower Triologyprivate collection Switzerland
Eat Your Art Out Uxbridge Centre 2011
Awards2015 & 2016 Estuary Art Award - Finalist
2011, 2010, 2009 "Estuary Art Works" - Finalist
2002 Good Citizen Award
1998 "Iris Fisher" - Winner
1996 "Waitakere Licensing Trust" - Winner
1994 "Nola Holmwood Portrait Prize", A.S.A. - Winner
1959 "Hayes Art Award" Finalist
1958 "Star" Sun Secondary Schools -Runner up
1999 Trends Vol 15".
"Auckland East Arts Inc."