Joanna Heneker

Joanna Heneker

Tell us a little about what you make. 

I paint in an illustrative fashion trying to be as descriptive as I can. Most of my work is very detailed. 

Joanna painting the nestWhat inspires you and where do you find that inspiration? 

Nature! I have always been fascinated by the natural world around me.  It's a subject I can never get enough of, there is so much to see and learn every day. 

Tell us about your favourite medium. 

Graphite and watercolour are the only mediums that I work with Fabriano 5 is my preferred paper, it's hot pressed so a lovely smooth surface for detail and also sometimes Kelmscot Vellum which has a silky surface enabling me to make an even finer line. 

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an Artist or Maker? 

I love being in my studio when a piece of work is underway and I know the direction I'm going with it.   

My least favourite are the jobs I always put off. I am totally rubbish with anything that involves turning on the computer! It just gets me tied up in knots! 

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

Being an Artist working from home can be a solitary existence so I think it's ideal to have that connection and be a part of a platform which promotes creative people as a group. 

How do you manage a work life balance as an Artist/Maker? 

I work Monday-Friday in the studio but it's never enough to get the things done that I need/want to do. 

What are you working on at the moment? 

I will have a number of pieces on the go at the same time, but the main painting that I'm working on at the moment is a Dunnock’s nest. 

How do you know that your work is finished? 

That's a question I ask myself a lot! If I'm not sure I'll put the painting away and then ask the question again in a few days. 

What is the biggest challenge of being an Artist/Maker? 

In my case that would be accuracy due to the type of work I do. The other great challenge would be promotion, if I actually got round to doing it! 

What advice would you give to new Artists? 

It would be the very same advice I try to give myself, paint what you’re passionate about and believe in yourself.