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Pip Jones: A Lifetime of Creative Pursuits

Pip Jones, the talent behind pipjonart, has been immersed in the world of art from a very early age. This rich artistic heritage set the stage for Pip's own creative journey.

a watercolour scene of a pool with red sandstone and green foliage

How did your artistic journey begin?

It started from a very early age. I was born into a family of painters and potters, my great-grandfather earned a living from painting portraits, and my grandfather was a freelance master potter and mould-maker for the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent. My father followed in their footsteps, working as a designer and later art director. I also loved working with clay but in a more sculptural way. However, at college, I decided to follow the pathway of painting, and that is how it has been ever since.

How long have you been creating?

All my life.

Did you pursue any specific courses or qualifications?

After school, I studied painting and education and became a qualified teacher of art.

A watercolour painting of a tree lined path with dark blue accents
What has your creative journey been like so far?

After college, I took up teaching posts in Yorkshire and the Potteries. I also started showing at nearby exhibition centres. I then married and moved to Shropshire, initially working for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum sorting and cataloguing Maws tiles. The tile works in Jackfield at that time had not been restored, and therefore establishing records for the archives was vitally important. It was fascinating work. Then the family came along, and believe it or not, I still managed to find time to paint in the evenings. This has continued to the present day.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

From my immediate environment mainly. These starting points then develop and change as I go along.

What's your preferred medium?

Water-based mediums. I love the challenge and unpredictability of watercolour.

What's your favourite subject to represent?

The landscape, changes in light and mood, the seasons.

Where do you work?

In my studio in the garden.

Have there been any significant turning points in your work or career?

For a short while, I did return to education. I was fascinated by the links between creativity and dyslexia. Such was the interest I followed a post-grad course and later began making educational assessments for students with specific learning difficulties. It remains a fascinating area for me. My painting has probably progressed and developed over the years, becoming more abstract.

A photograph of Pips studio. Artists materials are on a table and the view is of a pebbled courtyard with a wooden bench

Any highlights or disasters?

Every painting has its highlights and disasters. It’s part of the creative process.

Do you listen to anything while you work?

Music – sometimes Classic FM, sometimes Radio 2, and sometimes chosen music on Spotify.

When do you prefer to work?

Weekdays mainly.

Do you have a daily routine?

Yes, early morning jobs, then paint. Work stops about 5:00 PM.

What would your ideal creative day be?

To have a brilliant outcome every day. It rarely happens. It’s a process that constantly evolves.

What's in your mug when you're working?


Do you have a favourite snack?

A banana, and if I’m feeling decadent, a biscuit.

Where can we find more of your work?


Instagram: @pipjonart

Facebook: pipjonart

Epilogue: A Reflection on Artistic Expression

As we conclude our exploration into the creative world of Pip Jones, it's clear that her journey is more than just creating art. Pip has found that art is a release of energy and a source of joy. It has also brought her into contact with many people through shows and exhibitions, which she finds brilliant. Her story is a testament to the enduring power of creativity and its ability to connect and inspire.


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