Gail Taylor grew up in New England. Though not far from Boston, she lived outside the city in a wooded area where she developed a lifelong love of nature, which has always been at the base of her artistic work.
As a teenager she learned from her aunt, who was very creative, and how to make wreaths from natural products found in the woods. However, the greatest influence in her younger years was her mother, who taught her self-reliance and imbued her with a strong work ethic.
As an adult she lived in various parts of the US, finally settling for many years in Diamond Bar, California. There she attended Chaffey College and raised a family. Also, during this period, she rented one of the stone cottages formerly utilized to house migrant workers at the Fillipi Winery in Guasti and converted it to her art studio.
Here she devoted herself to painting and drew support and inspiration from other painters and sculptors who also had studios at the winery. Some of those artists are still among her closest friends even now.
Then came the unexpected.
One day, a merchant in Guasti gave her a generous supply of surplus copper sheeting. She had learned a little about etching on copper at Chaffey, so she took the copper sheets, bought some acid and other supplies, and started experimenting. Today, Gail is a well established artist with an extraordinary body of work that combines her love of nature, as expressed in so many of her designs, with a stunning and exciting amalgam of color, texture and composition. She has created a genre of her own.
Gail now maintains a studio in the desert near the Santa Rosa Mountains, where the strong sun and the desert colors have added a new dimension – not only to her art itself, but also to the technique and the processes. In the extreme heat of the Coachella Valley her materials behave differently. Fortunately for art-lovers everywhere, Gail, applies herself daily to her craft, working outside, in temperatures over 100F. Always on the quest for something new and different and even more exciting.
Gail Taylor’s prolific works can be found in galleries around the country, in private and corporate collections, estates of private patrons, and in contemporary interiors.
“Gail, …we picked up our artwork last weekend. We absolutely love it and is perfect for our home. We are enjoying seeing how different light situations during the day bring out colors and subtleties that we may not see at night. The way you continued the design around the edges is perfect as well. We are looking forward to showing it off to our friends in the near future!
Thank you for responding to our comments and creating such a unique piece of art for our home.” – G & RW Midlothian, VA
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