Douglas E. Taylor, American visual artist and poet, was born in Oregon, in 1956. Initially he studied illustration and painting at Oregon College of Art in Ashland, Oregon. Taylor was trained in representational styles and excelled in painting, including transparent watercolor, oil painting and acrylic painting. In 1986, he studied at the Maryland Institute of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland.
He achieved his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1989. At that most progressive printmaking program, he concentrated on a wide variety of printmaking processes and began to combine them, creating rich layered surfaces on large scale monoprints. He refers to these as "mixed-process" monoprints. Before graduate school, Taylor had been producing edition etching prints for over seven years. At Washington University he began exploring the image through the rapid progression of the monoprint (unique and one-of-a-kind).
Larger format artworks are done as mixed-media on canvas. Usually these tactile artworks integrate layers of collage and acrylic painting. The collage elements are various pieces of his printed images, fragments of his printmaking he cuts or tears, and a variety of Oriental rice papers. Since 1986, Taylor has been experimenting with iridescent and iridescent interference acrylic paints. These can create a magic sense of subtle animation, causing colors to shift and change with the viewer's relationship with the light source and the character and quality of that light.
Taylor's versatility as an artist has enabled him to teach a wide variety of studio and some academic art courses on the university and college level from 1982 to 1998. Teaching he found was another form of creative expression and allowed him to share his unique experiences and processes.
"As I have grown older I have realized the influence my father has had on my creative process. My father was a blacksmith and farrier (shoeing of horses). All my life, I have watched him encounter situations where the tools he was using didn't quite resolve the problem he was dealing with. When he couldn't buy what he needed, he would make it; fabricate it, sometimes from raw materials. I have admired that ability."