Taylor Ikin Bio

Taylor_IkinTaylor Ikins 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 world wide, including the Vatican Collection, Rome Italy.


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.