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