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Portrait of A Dorset Artist – Annie Taylor

Portrait-of-a-Dorset-Artist-Annie-Taylor-b-wShaftesbury based artist Annie Taylor has been a full time painter for the last eight years.

tree-tunnel-Annie-TaylorAnnie started painting when she lived in America for three years. “I opened a studio and art gallery on the North Shore of Long Island with a local artist,” she recalls. “The studio enabled me to study and work alongside established professional painters.”

On her return to the UK with her young daughter Beth, financial pressure forced her to put the brushes aside and she established a PR and event management company in London.

Specialising in film, theatre and television she represented clients at the Cannes Film Festival for a number of years. International clients included Warner Bros, CNN, Thames TV, Central Television, S4C, TV-am, Hanna Barbera, Playboy and Jim Henson Productions Inc (The Muppets and the Fraggles).

In 1990 she moved out of London, back to her roots in the west of England and started producing large outdoor festivals.Heading-for-Home-Annie-Taylor

Finally, when Beth went off to art school, the temptation to get back to painting was overwhelming. “In 2003 I took the decision to work at it full time,” says Annie. “I have now been working full time as a painter since 2005 and have exhibited in one woman and group shows in London and the South West of England.” She adds: “I have been passionate about the natural world since I was very small. My work is about that passion: not just the silence, the peace, the nurture for the spirit that the countryside can provide, but also its opposite face which can be harsh, threatening and wild. It is this sensuality in the natural environment that attracts me for which the very physical sensation of working with oil paint is perfect.”

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Annie is participating in A Sense of Place, part of the Dorset Visual Arts trail in October. Her work is also shown at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury and Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge. www.annie-taylor.com