I have described myself as an ‘Artist’
for as long as I can remember and I acknowledge
that the compulsion to paint is a core element
of my spiritual being. Art for me is more than
what I do, it is a fundamental part of who I
The process of producing artworks is driven
by a deeply rooted passion in me, a desire to
engage with the natural world and reflect the
beauty found therein via the medium of paint.
The quest for beauty can lead one to familiar
places and also along pathways less trod where
wondrous scenes may await. But beauty can be
transient and attempt to evade capture, so the
process of making works of art is seldom easy
and is often demanding, both physically and
During the painting process, there are several
key elements which I endeavour to combine. The
visual qualities of the chosen subject are fused
with my emotional response to the same, whilst
allowing the inherent nature of the paint a
degree of freedom to influence the emerging
The finished work presents the viewer with the
very essence of the subject, captured by using
form and colour in an impressionistic style.
The entire physical and emotional process from
conception to completion thus lies encapsulated
within the layers of paint.
I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings.
Michael Banham-Taylor BA (Hons) Fine Art