Welcome to the website of Simon Taylor, Portrait painter based near Oswestry, Shropshire.
Original portraits make perfect, unique and special gifts for someone special in your life. I’m able to offer an original portrait for a wide range of budgets, from pencil drawn portraits on paper, to formal portraits on canvas. An original portrait is a treasured artwork of great personal value which will stand the test of time and will last for generations.
I work from a single sitting where I take reference photos, or from existing photos where a sitting is not possible, for example for posthumous portraits.
Simon has always enjoyed drawing and painting portraits since he was a child, and it was a natural progression to pursue a career in portraiture.
He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, attended the London College of Printing for a Foundation Course in Art & Design, and read Engineering at Southampton University. After a career in sales marketing he became a freelance artist in 1993 specialising in producing portraits of Formula 1 drivers obtaining private commissions from those involved in the sport, and fans alike.
Simon has since specialised in portrait painting and has painted the Official portrait of the Bishop of Northampton, a portrait of Gen Sir Andrew Gregory for the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and a number of works for Oriel and Trinity Colleges, Oxford. He works in a wide variety of media including pencil, watercolour, acrylic and oil adapting his technique to suit the subject.
An artist has a freedom of approach to capture individuality and to focus on specific traits to capture something much deeper than just a likeness.
The most important element for me is to give an insight into the personality and perhaps the psychology of the subject. A commissioned portrait becomes a much treasured possession of great personal value which stands the test of time and will last for generations.
Portraits on canvas, historically, were painted to denote status, power and wealth. They also offer an historical insight capturing the style of dress of the era. This is certainly still true for institutional works, although tradition, history and heritage are very significant factors. Private portraits are usually commissioned to make a special record of a person at a particular point in their life, child-hood, a significant age, an achievement or academic qualification, or an event such as marriage. Many of my commissions are commemorative works of loved ones who have passed away.