Interview with Mark Hatwood, April 2021

Interview with the Complete Artist

Jenny lives in Derbyshire, not far from the beautiful Peak District.

She has strong family roots and connections to Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and a love for the sea.

Since graduation in Art & Art History from seaside university Aberstwyth in 1998, she has exhibited all over the UK and won several awards, most recently the Artist Exhibition prize and the Claire Fontaine award in AOTY 2020. She exhibited with the RSMA in 2019, was highly commended in The Artist 2019 and festival choice in the 2019 Buxton Spa prize.

She is currently represented by several galleries, including The Harbour Gallery in Cornwall and Peter Barker Gallery in Rutland. You can also view and purchase daily studies, paintings, prints, calendars and cards from her own online gallery.

Jenny is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine, and an online tutor, with a series of 22 modules on painting in oils and acrylics. She also produces shorter painting videos on YouTube.

“I began tutoring and demonstrating ten years ago, and I love it. I now run online courses, available here, and I will be tutoring art holidays in 2022 in Italy and France.

Teaching painting is an absolute passion – my main aim is for students to be encouraged, informed and creatively enthused.”

See below for testimonials.




Dr Sally Bulgin, Editor & Publisher of The Artist & Leisure Painter magazines

Jenny Aitken is an excellent workshop tutor. She loves to share her expert knowledge about all aspects of painting to inspire her students to realise their potential. Jenny is a highly skilled professional artist and tutor with an engaging personality and is passionate about helping artists develop their skills, from beginner to more experienced artists alike.

Michelle Stringer, President of Sarnia Arts and Crafts Club

I attended the two day workshop and was impressed with Jenny’s enthusiasm and the individual attention she gave to each person. She shared her skills at colour mixing and achieving light and depth in a painting in a way that everyone could understand and follow. When chatting one-to-one, she was very encouraging and careful to allow each person’s individual styles to come through.
For me personally, Jenny’s enthusiasm, encouragement and obvious love for painting gave me inspiration and a renewed passion for painting. 

Liz Richardson,  Hon. Sec. Alderney Art Club

Here at Alderney Art Club, Jenny Aitken has been giving us tutoring for the last 8 years. She works with us over 3 to 4 days and each time we are encouraged to try new ideas. She has a very infectious and enthusiastic manner which draws the best from us. As a small group we very much appreciate the time and effort she puts into helping us.

Lucy Siagos and students at Truro Arts School

A cracking workshop yesterday where students learnt to capture light in seascapes with acrylics – with some rather impressive results and lots of positive feedback!

‘Really inspiring and encouraging – I feel more equipped and confident’

‘This was a really exciting day and I enjoyed every minute’

‘I really enjoyed learning from Jenny….She helped us so much, so many tips, real value for money, and she is so enthusiastic!’

Julie Nixon, Secretary for the Chesterfield Art Club

I have known Jenny for quite a time and she has visited the Club many times to give her wonderful demonstrations and also workshops.  Jenny has a very bubbly and friendly character and gives the members a constant account of what she is doing with plenty of good instruction, advice and inspiration. She is good fun also and the members always look forward to her visits. Jenny’s own unique style of painting is much admired as she capture light and tone beautifully. She certainly inspires me to do better!