Hi, my name’s Penny. I live in West Wales, UK.

I enjoy bright colours and good cocktails. This all started when I won a prize for a drawing of a daffodil, aged four. Since then I’ve studied Drawing at Camberwell in London, exhibited across the UK, won a couple awards, and sold work in the UK and abroad. In 2013 I started working as a life drawing tutor and quickly found myself entangled in the wonderful world of hen party (bachelorette) life drawing. This lead me to found the national agency Hens with Pens. Nowadays I spend most of my time drawing, painting, stroking my cats, and travelling to be inspired by other artists and cultures. My favourite destinations are Thailand and the Netherlands.

You can email me here: pennytristram@gmail.com



Open studio - Stiwdios Y Plas Studios, Machynlleth UK - November 2018-present

What Art You Laughing At – Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London  – March 2016

Grimm Sisters – Bristol – October 2015

Coexist Open Studios – Bristol – September 2015

Hamilton House – Artist of the Month – February 2014

Portraits – Parlour Showrooms, Bristol – July 2013

In Living Colour – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol – August 2013

PLAYTIME- Urban Design Studios, Bristol, May – June 2013.

Cornucopia – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, February 2013

Out of the Life Room – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, June 2012

Cut Click Mail Art – Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes, October 2010

Group Show – Pogo, London, January 2010

Hackney Wicked, London, July 2009

Home – Homerton House Gallery, London, June 2009

Rah Rah Rah – Redgate Gallery, London, 2004


People’s Choice Award – ArtisTTable Art Des Femmes – December 2013

Second Prize – ArtKudos International Juried Exhibition
August 2013
Pikachu: http://pinterest.com/pin/107945722291045765/

Third Prize – People are People
May 2013
Third Place Winner in the People Are People Exhibition. Elizabeta with Gold Burkha and Moustache Glasses, by Penny Tristram. http://m.pinterest.com/pin/107945722291097695/

Figurative Art Prize – Special Recognition
Light, Space and Time
June 2013
Light, Space and Time 2013 Figurative Art Awards: Special Recognition. Pikachu: http://pinterest.com/pin/107945722291045765/


2018-2019 Owner at Hens with Pens

2014- 2018. Life drawing tutor and managing partner at Hens with Pens. The company supplies life drawing events throughout the UK and has hosted over 2000 events to date.

2012-2014 Bristol and Somerset: Life drawing tuition for groups including Girl Guides, Womens’ Institute, hen parties, and private classes.

April 2014: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
Volunteer drawing leader: Jeremy Deller’s English Magic, with Bristol Drawing Club


Co-founded Stiwdios Y Plas Studios, a shared working studio and workshop space in Machynlleth, Wales. The space hosted a launch evening in November 2018.


Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. BA Drawing. 2:1 2006