Jenny Aitken

Tutor Bio

Jenny lives in Derbyshire, not far from the beautiful Peak District, and has been a professional painter for 25 years, and has been teaching for over 10 years.

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, Jenny 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.

Jenny 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.

Jenny is a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and was Winner of the highly prestigious RSMA Baltic Exchange prize in 2023. She has recently published a book with Search Press titled ‘Into the Light’ which is available March 2024.


“Excellent! Jenny was friendly and approachable and the class felt challenging in a positive way, with lots of new elements to try and engage with! I really Enjoyed it. I appreciate that these workshops are at a good, affordable price making it more accessible for people to attend and also come back and learn more. Thank you.”

“Amazing – learnt so much from Jenny. Still very much a novice with oils and will view photos much differently.”

“Very interesting workshop, Jenny demonstrated a technique I have never experienced before. She was very free with her advice and willing (and patient) to help when struggling. She’s a very friendly and personable tutor.”

“Absolutely brilliant – learned a great deal from a very accomplished artist who can also pass on her knowledge and is very generous in her teaching and advice, I have never painted either upside down or in oils before and will now do both again!”

“Fabulous – I’ve learned so much and Jenny’s instruction is so helpful.”

“Great, loved it. Very happy with what I learned and what I produced. Lovely tutor, lovely venue, lovely group.”