Scott Taylor is a Berkshire, MA painter who has been creating art for most of his life. Over that time, Scott has drawn his inspiration from many things. Old rustic barns so prevalent in the New England landscape are a major influence for him, as well as wooded pathways, garden flowers, and treed ridgelines. Though he does not have formal art training, elements such as color theory and composition have come intuitively to him. His education stems from spending a great deal of time studying the work of artists that he admires – Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Wayne Thiebaud, and Richard Diebenkorn, to name a few. They and numerous others have had varying degrees of influence on his work over the years. Taylor’s use of color has become his signature and is apparent when looking at his work. Vibrant color first catches the eye and through its movement and energy, one is drawn further into the painting.
His work has been shown in a number of galleries in Berkshire County, including a solo show, “Painting the Town”, in 2008 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. Taylor likes to hang his work in non-traditional spaces; you can find his paintings in restaurants, bookstores, and even in medical clinics.
“I love to paint! I love everything about it, from the very first brush load of color to the last – and especially how the paint feels as the brush moves it around the canvas. Often when I start a painting, I have an idea and direction for what I expect the piece to be, but at times the painting will take on a life of its own. I paint today because I have to; it has become what I do.
Ultimately, I hope the end result will give someone else the same pleasure in looking at the piece as the joy that I get out of creating it.”