Dr. Alan Taylor AGSA lives in Yarm on Tees with his family and Irish rescue dog Monty. He is passionate about animal welfare, a passion he shares with his wife.
His love for art first began as a teenager when he experimented with oil paints, but he left this behind to pursue a research career in science. Many years later, with a career change, he found himself teaching concept art for characters for computer games. He enjoyed watching his students develop and was so impressed with their drawings and imagination that it inspired him to develop his own graphite drawing skills which then led to colour pencil drawing and more recently pastel painting.
He loves using the medium of pastels or colour pencils to capture the diverse colours and character of animal wildlife and finds inspiration for his subjects from countryside walks both at home and abroad together with animal documentaries.
Recently he completed a commission for a book cover illustration, a magical raven, for an established North East author. He has been interviewed for the Fine Art Trade Guilds Art and Framing magazine and has gained his AGSA from the Guild Society of Artists.