Gail Taylor, Etched copper paintings
“Working with metal, specifically ‘copper’ is a daily adventure, especially trying to balance the manipulation between the material and the atmospheric elements. I like to think that I am creating impressions of history etched into each piece.” ~Gail Taylor.
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. 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.
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 started experimenting. Today, Gail has created a genre of her own that combines her love of nature with a stunning and exciting amalgam of color, texture and composition.
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 Temecula Valley her materials behave differently. Fortunately for art-lovers everywhere, Gail applies herself daily to her work, creating in temperatures over 100F. Always on the quest for something new and different and even more exciting.
Gail Taylor’s work graces private and corporate collections, estates of private patrons, and in contemporary interiors.
Are you interested in purchasing Gail Taylor’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.