About the Book
Oil Paintings of Landscapes, Settings and Interiors. A book of Katherine Taylor’s signature oil paintings . . . which employ the dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and luminous glazing that the timeless influences of the Old Masters have had on her painting treatment. What began as a classical Flemish art training early in her career eventually led to her experimentation with the methods of Baroque Realism, Classical Naturalism, and Russian Impressionism.
Working exclusively in oils, she devotes herself to painting images saturated with visual metaphors and symbology. Her oil paintings are characterized by jewel hues, strong tonality, and a range of brushwork and palette knife application that creates lively, textured surfaces. Believing that life’s emotional coding is found in patterns of light, she creates glowing, dreamy, and mysterious settings to showcase landscape and figurative tableaux.
The result of Taylor's bold paint application, her rigorous fine art background, and her sense of narrative is a body of work representing technical virtuosity while maintaining the original passion and singularity of her world view. Her paintings have been described as “soulful and luminous.”
Taylor’s work has been included in juried exhibitions and private collections in the United States and Europe. She has exhibited in world-class galleries and continues to teach and lecture on art.
Katherine Taylor has created a life of art, culture and passion, beginning with years of teaching literature and history while studying oil painting in the Southwest with some of the best artists of the region. Now living in Central Oregon, Taylor is a professional artist who devotes herself to painting images saturated with visual metaphors and symbology. Taylor’s oil paintings are characterized by jewel colors, strong tonality, and a range of brushwork and palette knife application that creates lively, textured surfaces. She paints from life, from photograph and from imagination. Dreamy, mysterious settings showcase Taylor’s figurative images. The same attention to mood and lighting can be seen in her landscapes, still life, and portraiture. Taylor’s signature contemporary style still integrates the dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and luminous glazing of the Old Masters.