Barbara Penketh-Simpson RMS PPSWA FRSA

Barbara has a fascination for portraiture, and was inspired to capture the innocence of the very young following her career in nursing sick and premature babies.

She has been painting since the mid seventies and is entirely self taught. She considers herself very fortunate to have known sculptor and miniaturist, Barry Shiraishi HRMS who encouraged her to submit her work to the Royal Miniature Society and also the Society of Women Artists for exhibition in London.

Barbara found early success in miniature painting, winning many awards including the Mundy Sovereign for the Best Portrait in show in1989, and also the prestigious Gold Bowl in 1997 for the Best Miniature in show at the Royal Society of Miniature Painters and Gravers [RMS] Annual London Exhibitions. She has been a Member of the RMS since 1988, and served on the Council as Honorary Secretary.

She is a Member of the Society of Women Artists, also serving on the Council, and took over the responsibility of hanging the annual London exhibitions in 2003 and continues to this day. She was elected as Vice President in 2004, and became President of the Society in 2005, finally retiring in 2011 to enable her to spend more time painting.

Barbara and her husband now live in the picturesque walled town of Conwy, North Wales where she spent her childhood. She has a son and daughter and two grandchildren.