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G. Harvey’s
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A Symphony of
Color & Light
Bryan Mark Taylor is
33, has the energy of a 13-year-old, talks
like a wise old man, and paints like he’s
been doing it all his life—which he al-
most has. It’s a combination that is gar-
nering growing recognition for his work
from colleagues and collectors, and add-
ing greater meaning and activity to an al-
ready full life.
Bryan Mark Taylor finds harmony in the Among other recent honors, the San
Francisco artist earned best of show at
two California plein-air events, won sec-
landscapes he paints By G ussi e Fau ntle roy ond place and emerging artist awards at
another, was included in the Paint the
Parks national traveling exhibition, and
was juried into the Salon International
show at Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in
San Antonio, TX. Taylor’s achievements,
particularly in the realm of plein-air
painting, reflect the rush of enthusiasm
he experiences when painting outdoors
with fellow artists. Back in the studio of
the home he shares with his wife, Haley,
and their two children, he frequently en-
joys the company of his 1-year-old daugh-
ter and 4-year-old son. The artist clearly
thrives on being busy, or “engaged at all
levels,” as he says with a warm smile.
Out the studio windows, the lush foli-
age of oak trees belies the fact that within
minutes he can take mass transit into the
heart of the city, where he teaches gradu-
ate students at the Academy of Art Uni-
versity. When he’s not painting, teaching,
taking in concerts and museums, travel-
ing with the family, swimming, hiking,
fishing, or backpacking, Taylor is active
in his church, where he often presents p Dr i v i ng w i t h You r L igh t s On, oi l , 2 4 x 1 8 .
motivational talks to youth. t Old T ow n S u n s e t, oi l , 16 x 2 0.
So when he packs up his paints and
heads out alone to create oil sketches on
the hilly San Francisco streets or along the
Pacific coastline, it is an opportunity to dossier
shed distractions and become more single- representation
minded for a time. “I can distance myself Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX;
from all the things going on around me, James J. Rieser Fine Art, Carmel, CA; Elliott Fouts
all the time constraints and deadlines,” he Gallery, Sacramento, CA; Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa,
observes. “I feel that all melt away.” OK; Tomales Fine Art, Tomales, CA; Holton Studio
Gallery, Emeryville, CA; Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake
What emerges during these periods of
City, UT; www.bryanmarktaylor.com.
intensely focused observation and paint- UPCOMING shows
ing is a feeling of reverence for the land- Solo show, Elliott Fouts Gallery, through September.
scape and for the beauty that can be per- San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA, September 28-October 3.
ceived even amidst the chaos and noise Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA, October 10-17.
of the city. “It’s there if you choose to see Three-person show, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, November 5-28.

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Taylor sees visual harmony as
a reflection of the sacred that
lies behind the beauty in
each landscape he paints.

h
it,” the artist affirms. “There are all these ferring to the host of the popular painting
buildings and all these people with com- show on public television.
peting egos, but it can all come together Taylor’s father was at first taken aback
in a fascinating and beautiful whole.” by his son’s seemingly sudden fascination
with art. Actually, Taylor had been draw-
ing all along. But as one of eight children,
Taylor comes from farming his low-key activity had passed under
families on both sides. His father, raised the radar of his father’s attention. Dis-
on an Idaho potato farm, moved his fam- covering his son’s interest, Bryan’s father
ily from Portland, OR, to just north of Salt sought out art classes for him in Salt Lake
Lake City, UT, when Bryan was a year old. City, which Bryan pursued through high
His father chose Utah to finish his medi- school. That led to a bachelor’s degree in
cal residency but also for easy access to visual arts from Brigham Young Univer-
skiing, fishing, and hiking. Growing up, sity—and to a period of frustration with
Bryan inherited his father’s love of the the contemporary art world.
outdoors. He also inherited an affinity for At the time Taylor attended BYU, a ma-
pastoral landscapes. jor focus of the school’s art department
FARMS AND THEIR FIELDS, a painting was post-modern, conceptual, and instal-
Taylor describes as “classic American lation art, which was far removed from
farmland,” depicts a region in northern the classical academic training in draw-
Utah near the Idaho border that holds ing and painting that interested Taylor.
special significance for the artist. When In fairness to the university, however,
Bryan was 8, he and his father were driv- he adds that the experience did teach
ing through that farmland, returning him the difference between fine art and
from a fishing trip in Idaho. His father, commercial kitsch. “An important part
a highly goal-oriented person, turned to of what I learned is that I wanted to do
his son and asked what he wanted to be something that went beyond the surface
when he grew up. Without hesitation the of just pretty.”
boy replied, “An artist.” Then a friend suggested that Taylor
Taylor can’t say just what inspired such take a look at a book by acclaimed painter
early certainty in a path for which he had Richard Schmid. It was an eye-opener, he
no real role model, although being one acknowledges: “I realized, hey, there’s
of a handful of kids selected for special this whole world out there!” Discovering
drawing sessions in elementary school no successful, masterful representational
doubt had an impact. “I just knew I loved artists in today’s world led Taylor to San
it,” he recalls. “It’s hard to explain—there Francisco to attend the Academy of Art
Fa r m s a n d t h e i r F i e ld s ,
was just a magic to it.” And, he quips, University, where in 2005 he earned a
oi l , 2 4 x 3 0. “Bob Ross wasn’t cutting it anymore!” re- master’s degree in fine arts.
gratitude for the things God has created,”
he notes. Which is why he believes post-
modernism was not a good fit for his per-
sonal aesthetic and religious sensibility.
Describing himself as a lifelong natural
peacemaker with no desire to create im-
agery of dissonance or pain, he asserts,
“There’s a much greater need to make the
world a better place.”
On the artist’s easel at the moment is a
farm scene in progress. As bursts of cre-
ative energy propel him, however, he ro-
tates between multiple paintings. “I like to
bounce back and forth,” he smiles. Wait-
ing their turn against the studio walls are
more farmland images, Italian landscapes,
cityscapes, and seascapes from along the
California coast. As he begins a painting,
he works quickly, allowing the focused
intensity of his brush strokes to physi-
cally convey the power of his feelings and
the mood of a piece. Later he shifts gears,
moving at a slower pace to access a more
subtle sensitivity in rendering the sugges-
tion of detail.
C oa s ta l L igh t, oi l , 3 0 x 4 0.
Taylor approaches painting with a
combination of traditional techniques
and personal innovation, such as the low
toxicity level he strives for in his studio.
Because his children spend a lot of time
there, he does not use paints that contain
cadmium, and he has developed a method
of painting without turpentine, instead
using just pure pigments on canvas. The
result is a highly textural surface quality
A Wa l k i n Pa r i s , that accentuates the hand of the artist. “I
oi l , 2 4 x 3 0. may be a little old-fashioned,” he muses.
“I like the fact that you can see that a hu-
Taylor found that the climate and qual- he then reassembles them in a form that man hand touched and made the paint-
ity of light of the Bay Area reminded him makes visual sense. ing. There’s an Old World care to it.”
of Italy. As a teen, he had spent two years “It’s a little like the way a musician These qualities are especially evident in
there doing missionary work, and today might go into a forest and hear the ani- works such as COASTAL LIGHT, a seascape
Italy remains one of his favorite places mals making different sounds. He’ll take of a rocky shoreline with a veil of fog. The
to paint. OLD TOWN SUNSET resulted a piece from here and there and make a painting’s soft lighting contrasted with
from one such visit. While his children symphony,” Taylor explains. “He pulls the energy of the churning surf is a meta-
played nearby, he captured the scene in together the threads that create harmo- phor for the necessary balance in life.
an oil sketch, which he later used to cre- ny and rhythm. What I do involves re- “That harmony is there, and it touches
ate a studio painting. The view is from alism and light, but also just that pure me as deeply as anything I know. It’s the
a hill overlooking the ancient Tuscan exhilaration of creating those kinds of fabric of my faith,” he reflects. “It drives
city of Cortona, set among a patchwork harmonies.” the choices of what I paint. I listen to what
of farmlands and fields. It is the kind of In fact, Taylor sees visual harmony as I’m feeling inside telling me: This is what
visually complex image that challenges a reflection of the sacred that lies behind you need to paint. So I go with that.” E
and inspires Taylor with its almost over- the beauty in each landscape he paints.
whelming patterns of colors, movement, Illuminated by clear sunlight and danc- Colorado-based Gussie Fauntleroy also writes for Art
and shapes. Identifying the most compel- ing with color, even busy city streets can & Antiques, New Mexico Magazine, Native Peoples,
ling and important elements in a scene, convey a sense of “reverence, respect, and and the Santa Fean. S p r i ng S u n s e t, oi l , 1 1 x 14 .

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AR IZO NA
SCOTTSDALE • Baskets & Pottery. Throughout
the month, Duley-Jones Gallery (480.945.8475,
www.duleyjones.com) displays basketry by
Francina Kraynek and Neil Prince along with
pottery by Michael Wisner.

SEDONA • Estate Sale. Turquoise Tortoise


Gallery (928.282.2262, www.turqtortsedona.
com) hosts an estate sale featuring paint-
ings by Tony Abeyta, kachinas, and jewelry
throughout the month.

Watercolor Paintings. The Northern Arizona


Watercolor Society presents its fall experimen-
tal watercolor exhibition from September
29 through October 19 at the Sedona Arts
Center (928.282.3809, www.sedonaartscenter.
com), with artists exploring unconventional
methods, techniques, and materials.

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SANTA FE • David Pearson. Patricia Carlisle
Fine Art (888.820.0596, www.carlislefa.com) Golden Stream Oil 24 x 30
displays bronze sculpture by Pearson Septem-
ber 13-23.

Diverse Works. Blue Rain Gallery (505.954.9902,


www.blueraingallery.com) opens a solo show
for Erin Currier September 3-18, followed by a
one-man show of new landscape paintings by
Doug West beginning on September 24.

Going Solo. Manitou Galleries (505.986.0440,


www.manitougalleries.com) showcases new
paintings by Ethelinda September 3-17.

Two-Person Show. Marigold Arts (505.982.4142,


www.marigoldarts.com) displays turned-wood
vessels and sculpture by Jim McLain along
with new paintings by Skeeter Leard Septem-
ber 3-29.

TAOS • Studio Tour. The Taos Artist Organiza-


tion’s (575.751.0071, www.taosartist.org) third
annual studio tour takes place the weekends
of September 4-5 and September 11-12.

TE X AS
City of Vineyards Oil 18 x 24
DALLAS • Into the Night. A show of new
works by Burton Morris is on display at
Samuel Lynne Galleries (214.965.9027, www. WWW.G REENHOUSE G ALLERY. COM
samuellynne.com) from September 11 through
October 9.

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Bryan Mark Taylor
Bryan Mark Taylor, “Summer Hills”
9” x 12”, Oil on Canvas

Bryan Mark Taylor, “Market Grays”


9” x 12”, Oil on Canvas

Bryan Mark Taylor, “Windmill Farm”


9” x 12”, Oil on Canvas

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