A wide-ranging and well-illustrated interview by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network which covers the development of David Ainley's career in art and education. It reflects the underlying interests that have been constant in his work over decades despite shifts in his approach to imagery. His commitment to investigating the nature of painting itself, responding to challenges of the conventions of landscape painting, debates regarding abstraction and figuration and the potential of investing minimalism with content whilst not enervating its quality as art are addressed.