ARTIST’S TALK AND DEMOS – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH 1-3 PM fun for the entire family

This is an exciting pairing of two master artists painting in different mediums and yet their work flows together in a unique beautiful way.  Their commitment to preserving the natural habitat of Florida will be evident in this show.  I have represented Taylor Ikin for over 20 years and I collect her work myself.  I have seen her paintings become more dynamic and exciting and in the same time her reputation in this state and nationally has grown too.  She has had museum exhibitions all over the state of Florida as you will see in her bio and been written up in all of the major artist magazines in the country.  Joseph Melancon is a newer artist in the gallery but the power of his works combined with his subtle shades has attracted a lot of attention in the Tampa Bay area.  He has a great reputation in Sarasota and other parts of Florida and I am glad to be showcasing his works alongside Taylor’s.



Florida paintings on Yupo and TerraSkin are pioneering in their exploration of the beauty of Florida.  Her paintings speak loudly of our needs to preserve our native beauty.

Taylor Ikin’s Watercolors are different. Conservation, preservation and a love of nature and her bodies of water, lands, flora and fauna are the subject of her art. Described by critics as “heartfelt and empathetic,” my Watercolor paintings on Yupo record the wonders and beauty, often taken for granted, and my images demonstrate the necessity of preserving
in fact and in art for future generations.

Artist Statement: 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.

A Brief Summary of Community and Teaching Activities:

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 Florida and Virginia, including 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, President and Board Member of the Florida Watercolor Society for a total of 16 years, the Education Committee of the Tampa Museum of Art and the Restoration Committee of the Tampa Theater. She is currently on the Board of the Gasparilla Festival of Arts and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. She is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Artists Group. Her work is collected worldwide, including the Vatican Collection, Rome Italy.

Process: An unusual feature of my painting process is how I use traditional watercolor media applied to
a synthetic painting surface called YUPO. Since no trees are required in the processing of YUPO,
the use of this innovative material further supports my interest in preservation and conservation.


2012 National Watercolor Society Members Exhibition
2012 Florida Watercolor Society, Orlando, Florida
2011 Manatee Center For The Arts, Florida Watercolor Society
2011 Cornell Museum of Arts and Nature, Del Ray Beach Florida Artists Group,
2010 Leeps-Rattner Museum of Art Florida Watercolors Society
2010 Dunedin Fine Arts, Dunedin, FL , Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Fl
2008 Cornell Museum of Arts and Nature, Delray Beach, Florida (FWS)
2007 Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences
2005 Leepa-Rattner Museum Tarpon Springs, FL
Norfolk Botanical Garden Norfolk, Virginia
2004 Cornell Museum of Arts and Sciences, Delray Beach, Florida

Artists In Residency Grants:

2011 Santee State Park, South Carolina
2010 Santee State Park, South Carolina
2009 Givens Ferry State Park, South Carolina
2008 Santee State Park, Santee, South Carolina
2006 Oconee State Park, South Carolina
2005 Santee State Park, South Carolina

One – Person Gallery Exhibitions:

2009 Nuance Galleries, Tampa, FL
2007 Art Center, Sarasota, Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota
Nuance Galleries, Tampa
2005 Nuance Galleries, Tampa, FL
Norfolk Botanical Gardens,
Cornell Museum of Arts and Sciences, Delray Brach, FL
2004 22nd Floor Gallery, Capitol Building, Tallahassee, Fl
Florida House Washington, DC
Nuance Galleries, Tampa, FL
2003 – 1999 – 1995
Life Saving Museum of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia
2001 – 1998 – 1993
Island Arts Gallery Antigua, West Indies

Art Educator:

2012-2013 Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs
2009- on-going Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL
2009-2011 Long Center, Clearwater, FL
2006 – 2009 Beach Art Center Indian Rocks Beach, Fl
1990 – 2006 Gulf Coast Museum of Art Largo, Florida

Workshops: Local, Regional, National and International Demonstrations, Lecture, Juror and

2008- 2013 Board Member Gasparilla Festival of Arts

2008 – 1999 Arts Council of Hillsborough County Board Member
2010 – 2005 Tampa Museum of Art Education Board Member
Board Member Renaissance Center for the Arts
Board Member Restoration Tampa Theatre
2012 – 1997 Florida Watercolor Society Board Member
1996 – 1997 Florida Watercolor Society President
2012- 1989 Florida Artists Group
Florida Watercolor Society
Southeastern Watercolor Society IV
Southern Watercolor Society
Tallahassee Watercolor Society

Taylor Ikin’s work is collected world-wide including Australia, South Africa, the British Isles, Europe, the United States, Canada and the Vatican.

Joseph Melançon  Biography

Melançon is a versatile artist whose range of work includes painting ( acrylic, oil and watercolor), collage and sculpture.  Landscapes and figure as well as lifelong interests, including antique toys and the American Indian, are interpreted using expressive realism as well as abstraction.   His works are very personal with a passion for process, composition and the painterly surface.  Melançon’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the United States and won many awards including in the National and American watercolor societies annuals and Best of Show in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He was featured in American Artist Magazine, Splash 3 and 5, 200 Great Painting Ideas, and The Creative Edge. 

He’s included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Who’s Who in the World, and the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.  He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society,  Southwest Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Florida WC Society, Oil Painters of America and Acrylic painters of America.

Melançon’s youth was spent drawing, painting and building things with forays of hunting and exploring the swamps and bayous of his native Louisiana. These were a harbinger of his lifelong interests in the design and nature of our world.  While majoring in Fine Arts at Louisiana State University he worked in the Natural History Museum on campus learning skills used in planning and building native habitat dioramas.  In addition to Fine Arts his far ranging interests were evident in his choices of elective courses such as music, stage craft, stage makeup, metal craft, welding and landscape architecture.  He competed with other colleges on the R.O.T.C. rifle team and the school archery team.  Finishing LSU, he left Louisiana and entered the museum field as a Curator of Exhibits designing science and history exhibits for two museums. Six years later he was recruited to be a designer for Peter Wolf Associates in Dallas.  After Nine years with Wolf, Melançon opened his own studio in Dallas and for 21 years created props, sets, models and special effects for Ad agencies, industry, zoos, film and television.

After a long, creative, career Melançon’s education continued with a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Texas Woman’s University in 2000 where he was awarded membership in the National Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence and now has a painting scholarship in his name at the university.  Major influences include Homer, the Wyeths, deKooning, Sargent, Deibenkorn, Thiebaud, Van Gogh, Matisse and Rauschenberg.

He has taught painting, drawing and design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, Eastfield College in Dallas, TX and State College of FL in Bradenton, FL.   Melançon continues to paint , teach and marvel at the wonders of our world.  He is represented by State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, FL, Nuance Galleries in Tampa and Rue Cou Cou Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA and.  In painting he dissects, simplifies and freely interprets what he sees and feels through the use of value, color, shapes, edges, line and texture.

More About The Galleries:

Nuance Galleries represents an amazing group of innovative and well known artists for you to see. If you are looking for local Florida art or are interested in international art; you will find both at Nuance. Our diverse local and international artists work in various mediums including Oil and Acrylic Paintings, Watercolors, Sculpture, Limited Editions Prints, Etchings, Silk Screens, Stone Lithographs and Wood Blocks.

Nuance Galleries has been providing Fine Art and custom picture framing in Tampa Bay for over 30 years. The selection of frame samples and the expertise of our design staff helps you create a unique piece of art or individualized keepsake that is left in the hands of our two certified picture framers to finalize the beautiful end result.

Nuance Galleries is known for specializing in sports jerseys and memorabilia for the sports collector.

Nuance Galleries has monthly special art and historical exhibitions, poetry readings and even yoga classes: make sure to get on our mailing list and we’ll notify you in advance.

“Art of the Oriente / Eastern Cuba” is our newest acquisition featuring 15 artists and generations of paintings from Southeastern Cuba’s finest artists. In 2013 Nuance Galleries purchased the entire “Art De Cuba” Cuban Art collection of over 300 paintings and Nuance continues to import old and new work directly from Artist in Cuba.

Robert Rowen the owner and director of Nuance Galleries has developed long term relationships with art dealers and artists from around the world as well as Tampa Bay’s finest local artists.

The gallery’s goal has always been to strive for refined quality, with high aesthetic standards for art, whether you’re seeking fine art for a private collection, a unique print or poster framed for your home or office.

Among Nuance Galleries’ clients have been The Tampa Bay Rays, The Tampa Bay Lightning, The New York Yankees, University of Tampa,  and The Special Operations Command Central at MacDill Air force Base.

Call us anytime at  813.875.0511 Nuance Galleries Tampa with any questions.