Apache Junction’s Taylor February Artist of the Month

David Scott Taylor’s “Tough Enough” is acrylic on canvas painted in 2014. It is 24 inches by 36 inches.

David Scott Taylor’s “Tough Enough” is acrylic on canvas painted in 2014. It is 24 inches by 36 inches.

Superstition Arts and Cultural Alliance and Dreams and Legends Gallery have announced their selection of David Scott Taylor as February Superstition Artist of the Month.
Mr. Taylor was born to be an artist. From a very early age he enjoyed drawing and painting and creating things from his imagination. As an adult, Mr. Taylor pursued developing his fine art talent at Mesa Community College. Deciding to pursue a career in commercial art he attended the Al Collins Graphics Design School in Phoenix, finishing in 1987. He has worked in the printing and publishing industry since then. Having a creative career has been very satisfying for him. Mr. Taylor has illustrated several children’s books during his career.
“These types of projects are the most challenging creative projects I have done. It takes a lot of time and effort to visually illustrate a story for an audience of young people,” Mr. Taylor says.
Working in water-based paint mediums of acrylic paints and watercolor, Mr. Taylor prefers a realistic, yet impressionistic visual style. As with most artists, he began and still works in graphite on paper. Most of his watercolors start as detailed pencil drawings.
“Watercolor was the most difficult medium for me to learn,” Mr. Taylor said. “Watercolor is so technique-driven. I spent a lot of time studying and practicing watercolor techniques as my initial attempts with the medium were frustrating. But once I understood the techniques I have really come to love the medium.”
He produces Western- and cowboy-themed paintings, surrealism and portraiture and is available for commissions or as an illustrator.
His artist’s mantra is “Creativity soothes my soul.”
Mr. Taylor is a long-time resident of Apache Junction and works in a studio in his home. He produces “Conrad the Caretaker,” an award-winning comic strip published weekly in the Independent Newspapers of the East Valley.
As the artist of the month, a selection of Mr. Taylor’s paintings will be on exhibit during February at the Dreams and Legends of the Superstitions Gallery, 2260 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85120. Owners Ernest and Janice Imbeau invite the public to visit www.dreamsandlegendsart.com for directions to their gallery and open hours.
Mr. Taylor’s paintings and writings on art can also be seen online at www.artbydst.com.
SACA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and support of art and culture in the region through advocacy, development and education. The artist of the month is open to all artists and creators of fine crafts who live in Apache Junction or Gold Canyon. Artists interested in being considered for artist of the month are invited to go to www.sacaaj.com for details.
Editor’s note: Jeff Danford is president of the Superstition Arts and Cultural Alliance.

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