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 the
world of ours as a pleasing place. I record the environment and, in so doing, build awareness while at the same time I leave a legacy.
My paintings have a rhythm and motion which consistently reflect my brushwork, and much of that has to do with my use of a synthetic surface
called YUPO, a ‘tree free' paper, originally used in the printing industry. My goal is to create 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. In short, I hope to awaken the public to what is theirs - to respect it, enjoy it, and take pride in it.
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Taylor Ikin is widely known for her work on YUPO, a synthetic tree free surface. Her environmentally sensitive images have been exhibited
in Museums throughout the South as well as Florida house in Washington DC.
Her unique approach and joy in making art are the frequent topic of articles in multiple 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 now teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Dunedin, FL.
She has served on the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and was the President and a Board Member of the Florida Watercolor
Society for a total of 16 years.
Ikin is currently on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts, and the board of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. She was awarded
Signature Membership in the Florida Watercolor Society as well as the Suncoast Watercolor Society and is an award winning member of the Florida
Artist Group. In 2012 her work was juried into the National Watercolor Society Exhibition.