Artist Statement

Taylor Train 2014

Watercolor is my chosen medium.

I love it for its spontaneity and freshness.

Perhaps ironically, watercolour demands you work with some speed while what I want to convey is the enormity of time as experienced through clouds and the rural landscape.

In solitude, in nature,

I feel both the solace of beauty and a humbling loneliness that is part of the human experience.

I’m drawn to the Ontario landscapes of my childhood:
the Barrier Islands of Georgian Bay, ​the river valleys of ​Simcoe County, the ​ headwaters country ​and the roof of Ontario.​ 

These places have provided me with my preferred palette of cool blues​ and grays, the browns of earth​ and dark greens of forested hills.

If you are anything like me ​you have a paradoxical craving for stability and newness; for companionship and solitude. 

My work is an attempt to satisfy those cravings.

I find the familiar and the ever new in the sky above me.

I invite the viewers of my work to share with me the pleasure​ of roiling cumulus, lowering snow clouds and clouds dark with thunder. Feel the breeze bringing change as we look from a hillside over a lake or stream.

Together, in a sense, we share the same experience, the same landscape caught at a moment in time on paper.

We share it though apart.

Taylor Train