Born in Rochester NY Paul Allen Taylor is a self-taught watercolorist recognized for his fresh use of color and impressionistic style. As a respected teacher and workshop instructor, Taylor has developed a following where students fine him engaging, highly skilled and entertaining.
It wasn’t until 1990, after earning a degree in Mechanical Design did Taylor actively start painting. He had secured a full time position two years prior to graduation but had no time for his art. His schoolwork came first. From time to time he would create a painting as a gift or on occasional request. With school over and at the prompting of his wife, he started painting again. The more he painted, the more he enjoyed himself and learning about watercolor. He was invited him to hang some art in the company engineering department where employees and visitors enjoyed seeing his work and the new art he would bring in.
Taylor is a “wanna be” art teacher who missed out on the chance to attend college for Art Education. When an opportunity to teach adult education became available, he took it upon himself to be well prepared for presenting what he thought he knew about watercolor. He was once told, If you think you know alot about something, try to teach it. He has expanded on his teaching and now presents national and international workshops traveling to Cape Cod, Florida, Illinois and other locations as well as Canada.
Working in his small but comfortable studio attached to his home, Taylor also likes to try his hand in acrylics and oils. Buyers visit him by appointment to view new works or his collection of nearly one hundred self-published prints and original art. Besides the St. Lawrence River, you will find paintings from Cape Cod, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Chesapeake Bay among others. The common denominator in all these is the artist’s connection to the water, boats and life along the shore. His childhood days on the St. Lawrence River are reflected in his paintings as it has become his primary subject. Antique wooden boats, quiet passages through the islands, lighthouses, evening sunsets and the great lakes freighters present unlimited references and inspiration. To him, there is no place like it on earth.
Taylor regularly attends the French Festival-Cape Vincent, Antique Boat Show-Clayton and the Alexandria Bay Arts And Crafts show. His wife June assists buyers with framing questions or how to best handle a particular piece with respect to location and hanging. When the Taylor’s aren’t occupied with the art business, they go to the Taylor family compound near Rockport on the Canadian shore of the St. Lawrence River. His favorite thing to do there? Get up early, have coffee, watch the river drift by and study, study, study. Their son, Austin who rarely comes along to shows anymore, also loves the river and enjoys boating, swimming and fishing.
Taylor teaches watercolor for the Rush Henrietta Schools Adult Education program, The Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery and the Artstore at Southtown Plaza in Rochester. His work can been seen at the Artstop in Webster NY, the Lower Mill Gallery in Honeoye Falls NY, Bay House Artisans in Alexandria Bay NY and Captain Spicers Gifts in Clayton NY.