Roberta Aylward in 2016 at 12x16 Gallery in Portland, Oregon with "Hover".

Roberta Aylward in 2016 at 12x16 Gallery in Portland, Oregon with "Hover".

Roberta Aylward is a contemporary artist in 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, Umpqua Valley Arts Association and The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College.