Ink and Gesso

I've been using ink and gesso to create line drawings that express the passing of time. Each layer represents a new day along with its specific characters, happenings and energy. It's a pleasurable, meditative practice to begin with in the studio each day. 

"Taking Shape" at Red E Cafe Gallery

"Taking Shape: New Works by Roberta Aylward"
An exhibition of art presented by Red E Cafe Gallery in North Portland.

Red E Cafe Gallery: 1006 N Killingsworth Ave., Portland, OR

Exhibit Dates: February 9 - March 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9 from 7-10 p.m.


Throughout this work I use shapes to express and configure personal narratives into observable forms. My paintings, collage and paper assemblage are unified in a curiosity of how shapes hold meaning. My process begins with assigning shapes to various feelings, dreams and experiences. This visual vocabulary is scrutinized, altered and presented in the abstract, creating an opportunity for new meaning and definition to emerge.

Experimentation is the backbone of my creative process. I traditionally use acrylic paint on paper or birch panel. For this work, newly introduced materials of canvas and brown kraft paper have been pivotal as they play multiple roles: as both the process and the final piece. Cut-out paper shapes, previously used as models in my paintings, now represent a reconfigured narrative on their own. Paintings on canvas hang without a substrate, taking stories of shape into a new landscape of form.

I hope to see you at the opening reception!

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Art Opening February 9, 2018

Hello friends,
Please join me February 9 at Red E Cafe for the opening of my new exhibit entitled "Taking Shape".

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 9 from 7-10 p.m.

Red E Cafe
1006 N Killingsworth Ave.
Cafe Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exhibit Dates
February 9 - March 8, 2018

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Open Studio- Saturday, March 4

Dear friends! My studio will be open this Saturday, March 4 between 10am and 5pm. A selection of my paintings from "Inquiry Abstraction" at The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Salem are back in town before heading off to RiverSea Gallery in Astoria. I also have some smaller collages and works on paper to share. I hope to see you this Saturday!

Roberta Aylward Studio
Saturday, March 4, 10am - 5pm

Buoy studies

Buoy studies, acrylic and collage on paper, 10x13 inches. These compositions explore the relationships of objects to a threshold—and the implications of existing above or below the surface.