Kansas City, Missouri USA based artist Marci
Aylward paintings are shaped by influences from her education at
the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Parsons School of
Design in New York and Brighton Polytechnic in Great Britain.
Studies in art introduced her to Cezanne, Corot and other masters in
the “plein aire” painting tradition. The freshness and immediacy of
working from life outdoors has inspired her to paint the immediate
surroundings in which she lives. Paintings of both urban areas and
the Midwestern countryside, expresses color, light and shadow is an
attempt to portray harmony and contrast in the immediate world that
she lives in.
Study of art with such artists as Stanley Lewis,
Wilbur Niewald, Paul Resika and Leland Bell have had the most
influence on the artistic path traveled. This formed a philosophy,
which is grounded in the present yet looks to what is universal to
all humans. It is the honest expression of the world in which we
all live in today. Aylward mostly works with oil paint, but also
utilizes pastel, watercolor and gouache. Aylward states, I would
like to accomplish work that exemplifies the nuance and truth of the
visual world. Each composition is compared to writing a poem or a
piece of music when I paint. The process of making art is most
important and that experience fulfills and grounds me in the
essential important things in life worth doing.
Marci Aylward has shown her work extensively in
the United States in the Midwest and East Coast. The Nerman Museum
of Contemporary Art has three of her paintings in their permanent
collection and is in numerous private collections. She has also
shown her work Internationally in Germany, Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia
and South Korea.
After visiting the ancient Puebloans and looking
at the long abandoned dwellings, I thought of the families who once
populated and built their homes in the cliffs. I thought about the
women who strived for a better quality of life and I wanted to show
this in my work that is being presented in this show. Being curious
about all cultures past and present is what brings me to Taiwan and
proud to be a part of this unique experience with other women
artists from around the globe. The work I do is primarily "Plein
air" and landscapes are a big part of my body of work.