I am an artist (painter and printmaker) living in the countryside on the East Kent coast with my family and a growing menagerie of dogs, cats, and hens. My appreciation for and love of the countryside was awkened whilst studying Fine Art Painting at Bretton Hall college, which was then situated in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. From this time my paintings have been exclusively inspired by pastural themes, and for the last six years the daily experience of living rurally in Kent, having animals, gardening and forming a relationship with the surrounding countryside.
My paintings often record a singular moment, the sighting of a particular bird or insect or a striking feature seen in a landscape. They are created on a modest scale and are concerned with the inherent beauty of small things within the landscape and the quietness of the creatures and plants that inhabit it. Like many artists I am a committed gardener and find inspiration all year round from the flowers and plants that I have around me. I have exhibited widely throughout the UK since my graduation in 1997.

Please contact me via

email: joaylward_artist@hotmail.co.uk

instagram: @jo.aylward.artist



2020 October: Aldeburgh Gallery, Suffolk: solo exhibition

2020 June: The Old School Gallery, Northumberland: summer exhibition

2020 March: “Super Nature”, Garden Museum, Lambeth

2019 Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth: winter exhibition

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