Kayla Jackson

Alton artist Kayla Jackson finds her muse in the historic streets of her hometown and commits its architecture and character to canvas.

September 24, 2021 | | Artist in Residence

For her first solo exhibit, held in August 2021 at the Alton Mill Arts Centre, Kayla Jackson rendered a love letter to the architecture of her hometown in oils, pastels and acrylics. Fittingly, these warm, impressionistic canvases (some a mere 4″ x 4″) include several of Alton’s heritage landmarks, such as the mill itself and the red brick schoolhouse, as well as private homes. The Sheridan College illustration graduate says she was drawn to these buildings for their angularity and their history, and the chance to capture the myriad ways the sun moves across a stone wall or casts shadows in a doorway over the course of a day. While Kayla’s pieces are steeped in nostalgia, she says her work is not a call for statis but instead “an act of gratitude.”  kayjaxcreativeco.com

The Knitting Mill 16" x 20" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

The Knitting Mill 16″ x 20″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Tenerife Market Kids 9" x 12" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Tenerife Market Kids 9″ x 12″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Glimpses Mill 4" x 4" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Glimpses Mill 4″ x 4″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Alton Schoolhouse 16" x 20" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Alton Schoolhouse 16″ x 20″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Queen Street 36" x 36" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Queen Street 36″ x 36″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Glimpses Pink 4" x 4" acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

Glimpses Pink 4″ x 4″ acrylic ~ by Kayla Jackson

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Tralee Pearce is an associate editor of In The Hills Magazine.

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