American Painting Fine Art Presents Michele Martin Taylor The Promise of Happiness

By Editorial Team on April 14, 2019
Michele Martin Taylor, Lighted Kites Night, 2019. Courtesy of America Painting Fine Art.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20 from 5pm to 7pm
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It has been seven years since Michele Marin Taylor’s last solo exhibit of new paintings were displayed view at American Painting Fine Art.  During that time, the artist has returned to the West Coast from New York, and, for three years, lived in a small community on the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington State, a long strip of sandy soil between the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay.

Now, back in Oregon, she has created a series of oils and watercolors footnoting the experience of life in a remote coastal community, exposed to a much slower way of life, and the extremes of Northwest weather, which could be exhilarating and sometimes ferocious.  In these paintings, Michele Martin Taylor has revealed her world on the peninsula, as each of the new works manifests its own facet of that life.  She found great beauty, but she has always believed that beauty is a complex concept that reaches far into the definition of humanity.  Thus, she agrees with Stendhal’s conclusion that beauty is the “promise of happiness,” and hence the title of the show.

Having looked at, and lived with, Michele’s paintings for over 20 years, I am amazed at her ability to peel away reporting and fancy, and to get at the truth.  These are not paintings of contemporary issues, trending discussions, or social distributions of a message, but of a journey to capture the timeless promise of what gives us meaning.

The artist will be at an opening reception to be held from 5-7 PM on Saturday, April 20.  Salt & Pepper Restaurant will provide light refreshments. Admission is free.

Gallery Hours: 

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 7pm
  • and by appointment

Please note: The gallery is closed Saturday, December 8th.

American Painting Fine Art is located at 5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW Suite 17, (202) 244-3244, classicamericanpainting.com