21 Under 31 | Taylor Montague

ENTRY, OIL, 12 x 9.
ENTRY, OIL, 12 x 9.

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

BORN: Azusa, CA.

ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach, CA.

STYLE: Figurative realism.

FIRST ART SALE: “When I was 19, I sold a Yosemite landscape to a friend.”

SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Writer, drummer, or actor.

OTHER PASSIONS: Surfing, the Bahá’i faith, and philosophy.

MANTRA OR MOTTO: “As you have faith, so shall your powers be. This is the balance.”

QUIRKIEST TRAIT: “I always laugh at least 10 seconds after everyone else when someone tells a joke. Everyone makes fun of me for it.”

BIGGEST FEAR: Spiders.

FAVORITE STUDIO MUSIC: Bob Dylan.

BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and there is always time. That’s from Abdul-Baha, the central figure in the Bahá’i faith.”

PET PEEVE: “When I get hair or lint stuck to the surface of a painting.”

FAVORITE ARTWORK BY ANOTHER ARTIST: Antonio Mancini’s IL SALTIMBANCO.

NEXT BIG GOAL: “Finish graduate school and find a gallery to represent my work.”

PRICE RANGE: $500 to $6,000.

CREATIVE SPARK: Live music and good acting.

I’LL KNOW I’VE MADE IT WHEN: “I can’t really say when I’ve made it, because I’m always trying to go farther.”

GALLERIES: www.taylormontague.com.

Featured in our annual “21 Under 31″ issue in September 2008