"Landscapes," an exhibit by Scott Taylor, will be on display from October 3 through November 19 at Berkshire Community College's (BCC) gallery at the Intermodal Transportation Center on the corner of North St. and Columbus Ave. in Pittsfield.
Taylor, a painter from Pittsfield, has been creating art for most of his life. He draws his inspiration from many things. Old rustic barns, so prevalent in the New England landscape, are a major influence for him as well as wooded pathways, garden flowers and treed ridge lines. Though he does not have formal art training, elements such as color theory and composition have come intuitively to him. His education stems from spending a great deal of time studying the work of artists he admires such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.
Taylor's use of color has become his signature and is apparent when looking at his work. Vibrant color first catches the eye, and through its movement and energy one is drawn further into the painting. His work has been shown in a number of galleries in Berkshire County and New York, including a solo show "Painting the Town" in 2008 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. He likes to hang his work in non-traditional spaces; you can find his paintings in restaurant, bookstores and medical clinics.
Taylor states "I love to paint! I love everything about it, from the very first brush load of color to the last - and especially how the paint feels as the brush moves it around the canvas. Often when I start a painting I have an idea and direction for what I expect the piece to be, but at times the painting will take on a life of its own. I paint today because I have to; it has become what I do.
Ultimately I hope the end result will give someone else the same pleasure in looking at the piece as the joy that I get out of creating it."
A reception will take place Thursday, October 20, during Third Thursday at BCC's gallery from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The exhibit is free and open to the public.