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Ken Taylor

Born in Yorkshire

Lives in Quidhampton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

I became a student of portrait drawing and painting after a career as an engineer firstly in research and civil engineering, where drawing and perspective were the norm. Shell needed a soil mechanics engineer to coordinate the seabed investigations for their North Sea development in 1974.  That led to a 30 years career living firstly in London, The Netherlands, Far East and Gulf region and retiring in 2006 as country manager in Kuwait.  After some years volunteering for community groups, I became introduced to drawing portrait, eventually discovering the internationally renowned and inspiration under excellent teaching.  I've been privilege to studying there several weeks a year, tutored by Nicholas Beer and his deputy Alastair Barford, sharing in the trials and joys with other students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.   

Improvement comes with lots of practice; some say it take 30,000 hours to become half decent.

Persevering at about 5000, with some way to go.



June 2015-18 -  Open Days, Sarum Studio.


July 2016 & 17 - Plain Arts Exhibition, Salisbury

May 2019 - Portrait selected for the Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition.

February 2020 - Portrait shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. 

July and November 2020 - curated Quidhampton village online exhibition by 11 village artists, reaching a world audience (Covid lockdown activity - see here)  

November 2020 - Portrait selected for the Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition.

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