Penny Leech (1947 – 2018) began painting natural history and botanical subjects since 1984. As one of the founding members of the Botanical Artists Group (BAG) in Western Australia, Penny had a keen interest in not only recording visually the native plants of WA but also their preservation and conservation.

Penny was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England and moved to Western Australia in 1974, settling in Denmark in 2005. Although trained in music and dramatic arts, Penny had been drawing and painting since childhood. She became one of Western Australia's foremost botanical artists producing detailed watercolour paintings of the south west flora as well as ‘found objects’ in the bush and on the seashore. Her work is represented in private collections in Australia, the UK and Europe, including the Janet Holmes á Court collection.


Working in watercolours, Penny had a unique style, painting straight onto the paper with no initial pencil preparation, and layering the paint in a dry brush technique. Having this confidence and the capacity to visualise the design on the page was an extraordinary gift.

Her process was a mix of routine and discipline combined with creative and spiritual elements. An old drawing board propped against a box provided the support for her paper and she worked with the specimen alongside her, often holding it in her left hand so she could turn it around and look at it from all sides. In this manner, she learnt to paint fast, before specimens wilted and died. When painting a plant, she would try to find the key features that seem to best represent what she wanted to show in terms of accuracy and design. She’d mix her paints in a small ceramic dish and used a dry brush technique, gradually layering and building up the colour.
Summarised from ‘brush with GONDWANA’ J. Gooding 2008

1. Hardenbergia
1991
20 x 24cm
SOLD
2. Eremophila cunifolia
1994
50 x 37cm
$600
3. Eremophila eriocalyx
1994
49 x 39cm
$600
4. Eucalyptus forrestiana
1995
44 x 60cm
$850
5. Groper Bay: Shells & Bones
2003
42 x 53cm
$845
6. The Peaceful Bay Series
2003
46 x 53cm
$950
7. Peaceful Bay Found Series
2003
50 x 62cm
$845
8. Corymbia ficifolia buds & leaves
2004
53 x 84cm
$1000
9. Eucalyptus species
2004
56 x 66cm
$900
10. Kunzea baxteri & Melaleuca scabra
2004
60 x 70cm
$1800
11. Shells
2004
35 x 70cm
$845
12. Hakea laurina
2006
65 x 53cm
850
13. Butterfly wings
2006
34 x 42cm
$495
14. Butterfly wings
2006
32 x 34cm
$395
15. Flowers of the Denmark Region
2007
75 x 56cm
$1500
16. Eucalyptus preissiana
2008
80 x 84cm
$2000
17. Swift Moth (Aenetus dulcis)
2008
37 x 56cm
$900
18. Hakea Seed Pods
2009
50 x 50cm
SOLD
19. Lights Beach
Along the Bibbulmun Track
2010
56 x 74cm
$1600
20. Marri
2012
44 x 35
$950
21. Eucalyptus species
2013
43 x 34cm
$1000
22. Red Kangaroo Paw
2013
67 x 40cm
$950
23. Untitled
2013
52 x 44cm
$1000
24. Yarldarlba
2013
52 x 44cm
$1000
25. Native Frangipani
2014
58 x 49
$1250
26. Wildflowers of the Denmark Region
2014
49 x 54cm
$1250
27. Banksia sp
2014
44 x 36
SOLD
28. Shells & Feathers
2015
45 x 63cm
$1500
29. Untitled
2015
50 x 46cm
$1250
30. Metallic Funeral
2015
54 x 42cm
$960
31. Pandorea sp
2015
49 x 41cm
$950
32. 6 Feathers
2016
36 x 44cm
$650
33. From St Leonards Church
2016
43 x 36cm
$850
34. 8 Feathers
2016
44 x 36cm
$700
35. Seeds & Feather
1994
44 x 61cm
$950
36. Guichenotia
2004
21 x 46cm
$495
37. Wildflowers of the Denmark Region 1
2006
57 x 38cm
$1750
38. Wildflowers of the Denmark Region 2
2007
57 x 38cm
$1750
42. Untitled
2010
41 x 33cm
$900
40. Karri Walk trail
2007
57 x 38cm
$1500
41. Untitled
2008
57 x 38cm
$1500
39. Karri Walk Trail Grasses
2007
57 x 38cm
$1750
43. Hakea coriacea
2010
57 x 42cm
$1000
44. Banksia dryandrioides
2010
57 x 42cm
$1800
45. East River Road
2011
57 x 46cm
$2250
46. Chamelaucium uncinatum
2011
35 x 24cm
$900
47. Banksia 1
2011
57 x 42cm
$1800
48. Banksia 3
2011
64 x 45cm
$1500
49. Banksia 4
2011
67 x 50cm
$1500
50. Banksia 5
2011
57 x 38cm
$850
51. Banksia 6
2011
57 x 38cm
SOLD
52. Untitled
2011
44 x 36cm
SOLD
53. East River Road Autumn
2011
57 x 35cm
SOLD
54. My Garden - Fay's Garden
2014
40 x 40cm
$1250
55. Skulls 1
2014
40 x 34cm
$400
56. Skulls 2
2014
40 x 36cm
$400
57. Kurrajong
2014
40 x 35cm
$495
58. Banksia 2
2011
47 x 33cm
$1000
59. Lights Beach - Study for Bibbulmun Track
2010
46 x 37cm
SOLD
Pieces 37 - 59 are unframed
Perspex mounts are available
$50 for large
$30 medium
Strawberry Hill Farm. Albany
Limited Edition Print
$210
Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta
Limited Edition Print
$210
Old Post Office, Albany
Limited Edition Print
$210
Coach Inn, Parramatta
Limited Edition Print
$210
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINTS