The Artist - a little more about Alan Taylor AGSA
Thank you for visiting my page. I live in Yarm on Tees North Yorkshire with my family and Irish rescue dog Monty, (a colour pencil drawing of him is on this page). We are unsure of Monty’s age, we think he is about 10 or 11 years old now. My wife is very active in animal welfare issues, an area we are both passionate about and I have recently become a member of the Association of Animal Artists that support many good charities from Bumblebee and Hedgehog conservation and preservation through to animal rescue and welfare.
My love for art started as a teenager when I first began experimenting with oil paints. I then became interested in photography and for many years was absorbed in the process of capturing images of landscapes and rock climbing, another passion of mine.
Later as a lecturer I taught digital graphic design for computer games that included concept art for characters, scenery and heads up displays. I enjoyed watching my students develop and was impressed with their drawing skills and imagination. This inspired me to pick up my pencils and develop my graphite drawing skills which then led to both water colour painting and colour pencil drawing and more recently pastel painting.
I use pastel or colour pencil that require different approaches and media. With pastel I use either velour or Pastelmat as the substrate dependent on the subject matter. Velour lends itself to softer subjects such as fur and soft pastels work better with it. I tend to use pastel sticks and various makes of pastel pencils for detail and blending. I am a member of the Guild Society of Artists (GSA) and have recently gained the AGSA professional qualification for the "wonderful artwork" submitted to the GSA fine art committee and my artist professionalism. On gaining the AGSA I was recently invited to interview for the Art and Framing magazine. I am also a member of the Association of Animal Artists that support many rescue and animal conservation trusts.
Recently I completed a commission for a book cover illustration, a magical raven, for established North East author Deborah Barwick.
Monty and Alan in cloud on the Summit of Moel Hebog