Born in 1943 Elsa Taylor studied painting under the tutelage of Robin Child whose teaching continues to influence her approach to painting. She now lives and works in the Cotswolds from where she gains much inspiration, as well as from the landscapes of Italy, Cornwall and Scotland.
“I prefer to paint in the studio from drawings – sometimes just rough scribbles of a subject that has captured my imagination. I can then work this into a finished painting. I need to feel the excitement that comes from a mixed palette of colour and tones that are in harmony with each other. It is very often the appeal of a small object standing alone in a large empty space, whether in the landscape or in flowers or still life that create an emotional response that needs answering. Finding rather than making the mark is the crucial thing.
Many artists have and continue to influence my work: Morandi, Nicholas de Stael, Keith Vaughan, and of course Cezanne – I look constantly and try to learn from the lessons that they show me.”