Society of Canadian Artists Open International Juried Online Exhibition
Mar 15 - Jun 15, 2019
Artworks Oakville 20th Annual Juried Exhibition
QEPCCC Gallery, Oakville ON Apr 29 - May 17, 2019
Jodi Kitto-Ward grew up in Oakville, Ontario and acquired an education and career in business and accounting. She later pursued her interest in art by attending classes at the Art Gallery of Burlington which led to her enrolling in part time studies at Sheridan College and eventually graduating from their Fine Arts program. Today as an award-winning artist with work in private collections, Jodi exhibits in group and international juried exhibitions and is an elected member of both the Society of Canadian Artists and the Colour and Form Society.
Jodi paints mainly in acrylic and derives inspiration from nature, the city and everyday life. The use of metaphors in her artwork conveys concept as well as dictates the direction of the piece; certain elements are lent emphasis while others are eliminated entirely, creating a new view into our world.
Strongly influenced by line, colour and expression, Jodi has a style that is representational, vibrant and simplified in form, evoking influences of Pop Art and Art Deco.
My inspiration in terms of my choice of subjects comes from art and the beauty of design that naturally occurs in places that are considered unusual and/or “ordinary”. A composition can be based on something I’m first taken with visually, intellectually or emotionally, although I consider the intersections of all three of these before deciding if what I see before me will become a painting.
Once a composition is chosen based on visuals, depth and meaning, my design is drawn in pencil on the canvas using line and simplified shapes. This creates the freedom to then focus solely on colour. Paint is applied evenly and hard edges are used to accentuate the colours, as well as also the overall design.
I intend to create art that is alive with interpretation and emotion, offering another way of observing life and inspiring connective thinking. The act of painting is so intertwined with the subconscious and universal, it allows a pure flow of truth to come forth that will hopefully connect with the viewer.