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A devout conservationist and preservationist, Taylor Ikin fills her art with nature. Land, water, flora and fauna are the subjects she most loves, and are therefore generously depicted in her paintings. Described by critics as “heartfelt and empathetic,” her Watercolor paintings on Yupo record the wonders and beauty of nature, often taken for granted, and demonstrate the necessity of preserving the environment literally and in art for future generations to enjoy.

“My specific strengths as a painter relate to my strong feelings about our earth and how we envision our responsibility as being the watchdog for our planet. My images weave a positive story and are, by subject matter, fairly enjoyable to the eye. They are pleasing because I see this world of ours as a pleasing place. I record the environment and, in so doing, build awareness while at the same time leaving a legacy.”

Taylor’s paintings have a rhythm and motion which consistently reflect her brushwork, and much of that has to do with her use of a synthetic surface called YUPO, a ‘tree free’ paper, originally used in the printing industry. She creates an exciting body of work, images to be enjoyed not only for their aesthetic quality, but also to foster a unique sense of awareness about park properties and public responsibilities as they regard our natural spaces.

“I hope to awaken the public to what is theirs – to respect it, enjoy it, and take pride in it.”

Taylor Ikin is widely known for her work on YUPO. Her environmentally sensitive images have been exhibited in Museums throughout Florida and Virginia, including Florida House in Washington DC. Her unique approach and joy in making art are the frequent topics of articles in art magazines, books and the local press, and can be enjoyed through her DVD, Dancing With YUPO. She has taught regionally, nationally, and in the Caribbean as well as 15 years at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and recently the Beach Art Center. Ikin currently teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL. She has served on the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, President and Board Member of the Florida Watercolor Society for a total of 16 years, the Education Committee of the Tampa Museum of Art, and the Restoration Committee of the Tampa Theater. She is currently on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Artists Group. Her work is collected world-wide, including the Vatican Collection in Vatican City, Italy.