The following are examples of artwork by the artist Byron Taylor. Some pieces displayed may be examples of commissioned works that have already been sold. All artwork availability is subject to prior sale.
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About the Artist
For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt like and wanted to be an artist. My mother was an artist, so, as a child, the materials and inspirations were close at hand. I began painting with the tools and materials of childhood – watercolors, crayons, finger paints, etc. – and graduated to “real” artists’ materials – oils, acrylics, photography – as a teenager. Even through periods when I didn’t create anything resembling art, the desire was ever-present and I would always find a creative outlet, ultimately returning to classic art media.
Since I’ve been “of age,” I’ve painted, sculpted, and photographed the female figure, and have never tired of it. More recently, I have ultimately discovered the beauty of the mundane, have become aware of the aesthetic potential of every day, and I have taken great pleasure in rendering that in watercolor. -Byron Taylor
I see the painting of the female form to be a reflection of the Goddess. What is as beautiful as the vessel in which we find ourselves experiencing our conscious existence? If we were created in the image of God, isn’t the artist of the human form painting portraits of God?
Hummingbirds are messengers. They stem from a symbolic encounter with hummingbirds after the death of my mother. They can be messengers from anywhere – the subconscious, the hereafter, or another being.
Seahorses are the striving of every man or Everyman. The good intentions that might get sidetracked or run into a speed bump but persevere nonetheless.
Paper cranes symbolize hope. In Japan, a thousand paper cranes traditionally grant a wish or represent the hope for a thousand years of happiness to a newlywed couple.
Gilding the Lily
The expression is a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in King John: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily … is wasteful and ridiculous excess.” i.e., you wouldn’t need to add gold to a beautiful lily. For me, it is the efforts of a person to make themselves more attractive by artificial means.