Allen Taylor loved drawing and painting from early on in his life, and returned to art in his retirement.  Allen resides in Verona, New Jersey.  His hometown is often the subject of his painting along with other locations including Cape Cod, Rockport, MA, the Canadian Maritimes and Italy.  He paints his surroundings and travels in the medium of watercolor.  His artistic interests also include photography and computer graphic brochure and computer design.  Allen is on the boards of both the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Essex Water Color Club. 

By Alexa Varga


Artist Statement

“I paint because I enjoy the activity and the result. I choose subjects that are interesting and challenging. My art is realistic and self-evident. If there is something in my work that stirs you emotionally or intellectually, success is attained.”



Major Honors

  • NJ State Senior Art Show, First Place (Nonprof.) Watercolors, 2005
  • Essex County Senior Art Shows, First Place, Watercolors (Nonprof.) 2005; (Professional) 2006, 2008
  • West Essex Art Association, The John Sullivan III Memorial Award, January 2006
  • Art Centre of NJ, Third Place (Overall), Spring 2008
  • American Artists Professional League, Award for Traditional Realism, April 2010


Awards of Excellence

  • Milburn-Short Hills Arts Center, October 2007
  • Essex Water Color Club, April 2010 & October 2011
  • West Essex Art Association, October 2010


Awards of Merit

  • Livingston Arts Associaton – Spring 2007, Fall 2007 & Spring 2009
  • Art Centre of NewJersey – January 2008 & Spring 2012
  • Essex Water Color Club – Fall 2004, February 2005, Fall 2008, February 2009, Spring 2009, February 2010 & February 2011 

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