Jean Ainsworth

Jean Ainsworth

Tell us a little about what you make? 

Always felt driven to draw and paint. First recollection is of painting the local vicarage at 5 years old. Still find myself painting buildings, especially semi derelict buildings and chapels. Work has often got in the way but now I try to focus on art.

What inspires you and where do you find that inspiration? 

I look to the natural world, mostly.  The colours in the coastline, or in my garden; the varied colours in stone and slate and how nature reclaims it. 

Tell us about your favourite medium. 

In summer I like to paint impasto with oils (good drying weather!), then opt for watercolour in winter, particularly if I want detail in buildings. 

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an artist or maker? 

I dislike interruptions if I am focusing  hard on something – but mischievous cats usually win! I love the anticipation of starting a new project. 

What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you? 

I am pleased to be a newbie on CACT and delighted to be placed along side so much talent on the website. 

How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist/maker? 

I still work part time, have 2 lovely grandchildren to spend time with and enjoy gardening but try to set aside time for painting. 3 to 4 hours is usually my maximum. I like to leave a piece for a while then go back and look at it with fresh eyes. 

What are you working on at the moment? 

I am about to get my oils out again to paint a still life that I have been sketching in watercolour but now want to paint impasto on canvas. 

How do you know when your work is finished? 

I am not always sure when a piece is finished but find the leaving it for a while then returningcan clarify that sometimes.