Born in England in l945, Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith has lived and worked in N.S. since l954. Her studio/gallery is located on the South Mountain of the Annapolis Valley. Jeanne has worked in most mediums. Currently she works mainly in oils, oil bar and acrylics. Her work reflects an interest in a variety of subject matter and covers a wide spectrum from realism to abstraction.
Jeanne was a student of the Graphic Design course at the Annapolis Community College from l987 to l988, where she was consistently in the top three in her class. In l990, each of her three entries won prizes in the prestigious Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival Art Show. This was her first official juried competition and her success was achieved in a field of approximately one hundred entries. She was the only artist to receive three ribbons during the show. For two consecutive years, she successfully displayed her work at juried shows. The last in this series was adjudicated by Ian Muncaster, the curator of Zwicker's Gallery in Halifax and brought her a first, second and honourable mention.
In late l992, she decided to relocate to the West Coast of Canada in order to further her studies. She is a graduate of the Victoria College of Art and was recommended for a scholarship during her time there. In the summer of l994, she completed two portrait painting workshops with respected Western Canadian Artist, David Goatley. She also had work accepted at the renowned Sooke Summer Festival Art Show in l993 and l994. Two of her pieces were shown at the Spring Fling Art Show, held at Quinn Gallery in the spring of l994.
In addition, she had a very successful showing, along with fellow graduates, at the Winchester Gallery in Victoria, B. C. Upon returning to Nova Scotia, she had a one woman show, which was well received, at the Apple Tree Studio in Canning, NS. She also has been showing and selling her work at the United Sales and Rental Department of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Secord Gallery in Halifax, and at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
She teaches art to students privately and is a mentor to several budding local artists. Jeanne had focused on a body of work which reflects a lifelong love of horses and what they symbolize for her, but in January of l999, she turned her attention to landscapes.
Working with fields of colour that resonate together is something she finds very exciting. The paintings juxtapose vibrant colour and arbitrary colour against traditional architecture resulting in a feeling of harmony and joy. Her work has been influenced by Arthur Schilling, Nicholai Fechin, Ted Harrison, Jean Jacks and Charlotte Beauchemin among others.