Katherine Taylor has created a life of art, culture and passion, beginning with her coastal seaboard upbringing and lasting through 15 informative years of studying oil painting in the West with some of the best and most influential artists of the region.
Now a resident of Oregon, Taylor is a professional artist who devotes herself to painting images saturated with visual metaphors and symbology. She explores ways to lift the veil over self-discovery by dedicating much of her work to the female form. Taylor’s oil paintings are characterized by jewel hues, strong tonality, and a range of brushwork and palette knife application that creates lively, textured surfaces. Hard-to-describe emotions are expressed in unique patterns of light. Moody, mysterious settings showcase her figurative images, as well as her landscapes, still life, and even portraiture.
Taylor’s work has been included in juried and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She has exhibited in world-class galleries and continues to teach and lecture on art.
Taylor’s signature artwork employs the dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and luminous glazing that the timeless influences of the Old Masters have had on her painting treatment. What began as a classical Flemish art training early in her career eventually led to her experimentation with the methods of Baroque Realism, Classical Naturalism, and Russian Impressionism. Her inexhaustible desire to excel in oils has taken her into the studios of contemporary masters such as Zhang Wen Xin, Richard McKinley, Sherrie McGraw, Kim English, Cheri Christensen, and Craig Srebnik, among others. The result of this rigorous fine art background is a body of work representing technical virtuosity while maintaining the original passion and singularity of her world view. Her paintings have been described as “soulful and luminous.”
And, too, Katherine Taylor Studio is a place for teaching and learning as well as creating lasting and beautiful images in oil paint.
"I have a secondary education degree and have taught art to all ages for 20 years.
I believe that the process of learning to paint should include experimentation with many methods and approaches. That’s how I learned and how I still learn today.
A few sample exercises/techniques to learn from include:
. . . the list is quite long and goes on." -- Katherine Taylor
J U R I E D E X H I B I T I O N S Honorable Mention, National Juried Competition, Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head, S.C. “Flow of Life,” Figurative Exhibit, , Tumalo Art Gallery, Bend, Oregon Artist in Residency Exhibit, February, D.A. Davidson, Bend, Oregon Western Regional Competition, October, Oil Painters of America, Calistoga, California Salon International Competition, June, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas “Garden Show,” Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon Western Regional Competition, October, Oil Painters of America, Santa Barbara, California
S E L E C T E D N O T A T I O N S , S O L O S H O W S , & G R O U P E X H I B I T S “Women in the Landscape,” solo show, Sotheby’s, Bend, Oregon “Black & White Gala,” group show, Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon “Private Public Places,” solo exhibit, Volcano Vineyards Winery, Bend, Oregon Artist Invitational, Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, Oregon “Century Ranch En Plein Air” Invitational, Praegitzer Gallery, Bend Oregon “Wine & Marketplace,” solo exhibit, Volcano Vineyards Winery, Bend, Oregon
E D U C A T I O N , A F F I L I A T I O N S & T E A C H I N G E X P E R I E N C E Bachelor of Arts, 1986, University of New Mexico, Summa Cum Laude. Italian Art & Architecture, 1999, 2004 (both trips took place in Florence, Rome & Venice, Italy), through art department program at Anne Arundel College, Rockville, Maryland. Art Masters Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1986 - 1995. Oil painting, drawing, and color theory tutelage, 1986 - 1995, with the following Southwest regional artists: David Schwindt, Carol Allison, Louis Maestas, Jan Keefer, Lyndall Bass, Zhang Wen Xin. W O R K S H O P S : Richard McKinley, Alla Prima, Art in the Mountains, Bend, Oregon, July 2002; Cheri Christensen, Painting in the Russian Impressionist Tradition, Kirkland, Washington, May 2004 Kim English, Painting the Figure in Landscape, Fechin Institute, Taos, New Mexico, July 2005 Sherrie McGraw, Drawing the Figure, Fechin Institute, Taos, New Mexico, May 2007 Craig Srebnik, Painting the Nude, Fall City Fine Arts Studio, Fall City, Washington, August 2007
T E A C H I N G C R E D E N T I A L S : Secondary Level Teaching License. Secondary Level Art / Language Teacher, New Mexico & Oregon, since 1986. O T H E R : Oil Painting Instructor, The Art Station in Bend; Central Oregon Community College; private studio lessons. Member: Arts Central; ArtWise Artist Collective; Plein Air Painters of Oregon; Oil Painters of America.
© 2014-2015 All images copyright Kathleen Taylor.