By Bonnie Gangelhoff
When Bryan Mark Taylor was growing up in Utah, backpacking, fishing, and camping in the mountains were an important part of his life. Reflecting back on those times, Taylor says he has no doubt that today his love of painting outdoors is tied to the warm memories associated with these childhood pursuits. “I have great feelings of happiness and joy when I’m outdoors,” the landscape painter says. “It’s a time when the challenges of life fade away, and I can reconnect with the beautiful things that surround me.”
|NOB HILL RAIN, OIL, 16 X 20|
Although his roots are firmly planted in the mountains, Taylor has grown to love the big-city vibe of San Francisco, his adopted hometown. These days his creative eye is cast on what he considers the prettiest city in America as well as its surrounding rural scenes and remote country roads. “Going back and forth between the exciting, energetic urban scenes and the peace and solace of the country makes my work more dynamic,” Taylor says. Operating in the two disparate universes also imparts a fresh, painterly quality to his works, he believes. “I want my work to feel as if it was breathed onto the canvas instead of beaten to death and overworked,” he explains. “For me, a successful painting is not just a depiction of the physical, but a medium for connecting with our own spiritual natures.”
For Taylor, 2008 was a busy year. He was juried into a number of prestigious shows across the West, including the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition held at Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT; the Salon International show at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, TX; and the Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA. As this story was going to press, Taylor was preparing for a solo show in April at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, CA.
He is represented by Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA; Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, UT; Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK; www.bryanmarktaylor.com.
Moments of Light, Elliott Fouts Gallery, April 4-May 1.
Featured in “Top Emerging Artists of 2009” in January 2009