UK-based New Zealander Joël Penkman is one who loves to paint as much as she loves to eat. So when she studied the subject of her artworks, she naturally combined the two and began to create still-life compositions of some of her favorite snacks and treats.
She stated: “Food triggers memories and emotion, I like that people can bring something of themselves to the artworks. My favorite medium is egg tempera paint. It is very time-consuming as I make the gesso prepare my boards and grind my paint to mix, but the results are worth it.”
Born in 1979 in New Zealand, Joël graduated from Graphic Design at Canterbury University’s School of Fine Art before relocating to the UK and working as a graphic designer for six years. During her free time, she taught himself how to paint with egg tempera paint and one of her first masterpieces was a painting of ‘Biscuits in a Line’ – her first food artwork.