Andy Taylor, 'Two Bridges'
For fifty years Andy Taylor has been drawing and painting scenery within a day’s drive of his studio in Carbondale, Colorado. He starts his pen and ink sketches with marginalia, a process he considers to be the bones of a painting and a form of meditation. His sketches are visual reminders of a scene, but are always left incomplete, leaving room within the process to invent significance and the freedom to make discoveries as he paints. Familiar landscapes painted in Taylor’s gestural, expressionistic style convey the mood of the artist, seen through his characteristic brushwork and palette. A master of color, he paints with many layers of thin oil and loose brush strokes on linen canvases he stretches and frames himself. His loyal collectors enjoy the vibrant impressions of the “insignificant scenes” that are the canyons, distant mesas, winding rivers and sundry vegetation discovered by Taylor on the backroads of Colorado and Utah. Oil on Linen. 25" x 68" (framed: 26" x 69"). Signed by the artist. 2017.