Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bryan Mark Taylor - Artist

Bryan Mark Taylor is a teacher in the Graduate School at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco who paints both plein air and in the studio, both landscapes and cityscapes. Some of the paintings on his website are as small as 6"x8" while still expressing detail and depth. This year, he won the Edward H. Boseker 'Best of Show' Award at the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational and the Emerging Artist award at the Carmel Plein Air Festival. He offers workshops focusing on landscape painting on location, strengthening composition, seeing and simplifying shapes, identifying value planes, capturing light, understanding color harmony, creating texture and developing personal expression.

This is a link to his blog, where today he remarks that his landscapes have become more structured, while his cityscapes have taken on a more organic dimension.

"I believe the beauty of nature can inspire and uplift the human heart and mind. I personally believe in a powerful, wise, and loving Creator who made the earth beautiful for our benefit; therefore, I see the beauty of the landscape as an expression of love towards us. Although there are great challenges and difficulties in the world, I have found that stopping to contemplate the quiet beauty around us can bring moments of inner peace and joy. I believe a successful painting becomes not just a depiction of the physical, but a medium for connecting with our own spiritual natures."

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