JoEllen Brydon was born in Toronto and grew up in the farming community of Cavan township, Ontario, Canada. Her vibrant paintings, in oils and acrylics, tell the day to day stories of people she meets as well as tales of her family rooted in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and in her beloved Cavan hills, Ontario. Throughout her career, Brydon has worked on paintings and installations that explore buried stories and long forgotten local histories.
As well as her many paintings, Brydon has designed and created two large scale mixed media installations. These documents of history have been used in academic research and referenced in history books.
The work’s broad appeal is indicated by its many locations from private collections on both sides of the Atlantic, to the Art Bank of Canada and The Canadian Museum of History. Brydon has exhibited in both publicly funded and commercial galleries in Canada, the US and Ireland since 1985 and has given many artist talks to accompany exhibitions. She has won several awards and grants over the years.