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    Roberta Aylward

    Portland, Oregon

    Born in Elgin, Illinois, she spent her early childhood in Massachusetts watching her mother create with calligraphy, appliqué and screenprinting. As a teenager she lived in Tucson working in the family bakery. Watercolor paints were her first love and through high school she created many portraits, floral still lives and scenes from the desert landscape. She received her BFA with a concentration in painting from the College of Santa Fe in 1991.

    Her creative process is driven by curiosity and inspired by nature. Her works are abstract in nature and aim to document the relatively unseen: feelings, sensations, inquiries, ideas and memories. She uses a mix of medias, primarily water-based paints, for revealing the invisible, transforming energy and exploring undiscovered territories.

    Work by Roberta Aylward has been included in group exhibitions at the Tacoma Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Umpqua Valley Arts Association and The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College.


    2016-2017 group exhibitions:

    Inquiry Abstraction, The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College
    January 11 - February 11, 2017, works by Robert Tomlinson, MaryAnn Puls and Roberta Aylward

    2016 ArtWorks Northwest, Umpqua Valley Arts Association
    May 6 - July 8, 2016, juried by Stephen Hayes

    Artist Vision Juried Exhibit: The Noun Show-Person, Place or Thing, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
    June 24, 25 & 26, 2016, juried by Zemi Barr and Sandee McGee

    2016 solo exhibitions:

    Nightlight, new paintings, 12 x 16 Gallery, Portland, Oregon, February 2016


    past exhibitions:

    Portland Modern, exhibition in print, issue no. 5, 2007
    Portland Modern, Saturation, exhibition in print, issue no. 4, 2006
    Moshi Moshi, Ninjas are Sweet, Portland, OR, 2006
    Coos Art Museum, Expressions West, Coos Bay, OR, 2005
    Cascade Aids Project, Art for Life Auction, Portland, OR 2005
    Oregon College of Art and Craft, Art on the Vine Auction, Portland, OR, 2005
    Tacoma Art Museum, Northwest Biennial: Building Wise, Tacoma, WA, 2004
    Columbia Riverkeepers, River Art and Experience Auction, Portland, OR, 2004
    Cascade AIDS Project, Art for Life Auction, Portland, OR, 2004
    10 Years: One Foot After Another, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR, 2004
    Marghitta Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR, 2004
    Emanon Cafe, Portland, OR, 2003
    Fife Restaurant, Portland, OR 2003
    Jax Restaurant, Portland, OR 2003
    Pacific University, Traditional Materials Transcendent Expressions, Forest Grove, OR, 2000
    A Biennial Review of NW Art & Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, 1999