Ellie Taylor Solo Art Exhibit

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Ellie Taylor has a solo art exhibit March 1 - April 13 at Winnsboro Center for the Arts, 200 Market Street, Winnsboro. There will be a Meet the Artist reception at 2:30 p.m. March 10.

Elinor (Ellie) Parham Taylor was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She and her husband now live at Holly Lake Ranch. After teaching elementary school all over Texas for 33 years, she retired early because, she says, "When I grow up, I want to be an artist." She studied art with Earline Barnes in El Paso, Texas for about 6 years. After retiring she went back to college to study under Jo Taylor and Dr. Ollie Theisen. Barnes drilled into her that art should make a statement, not tell a story. Less said the better, or keep it simple. Do not overstate.

Van Gogh is her favorite master artist, and she admires the work and styles of Sergei Bongart and Fechin.  Ellie agrees with the philosophy of William Wendt who said that his art becomes an "adoration sign devoted to the Trinity."

All of Ellie's paintings must include the artist's first impression of what is being painted. She wants her art to express "feeling, aesthetic beauty, awe, and drama." She achieves this through the use of exaggerated color and bold impressionistic strokes.

Ellie is often asked how long it takes her to complete a work of art. She says the answer is, "a life time, which is how long I have been painting. A painting needs to be studied before it is finished. Many times I have noticed something that bothered me. I would say it is okay... but, NO! I had to make the change." She is also often asked how she knows when a painting is finished. She says she knows it is finished when she no longer has it. "My husband often asks me why I keep painting the same thing, and I tell him that if I ever get right, I`ll stop." 

Source: Winnsboro Center for the Arts

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