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Dwane Taylor

Rich in colors and typical of Oklahoma and Kansas terrain, this painting by Dwane Taylor was auctioned at the opening reception March 8 at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center.


Known for his color choices, Taylor says he “enjoys the challenge of blending his enthusiasm for outdoor scenery with the techniques of transparent watercolor. It is an ideal medium in which to capture intense light, atmospheric perspectives, and feelings of the outdoors.” Taylor was present at the auction and his works were on display.Reception guests were welcomed to browse the exhibit and enjoy refreshments prior to the auction. Kym Kays was the auctioneer which began at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the auctioned painting went to the museum. Paintings could be purchased throughout the show, but had to remain up for the entirety of the exhibit until 4:00 p.m. on April 4.

Training Workshops

Dwane Taylor offered two workshops. Both were April 4 and 5.  The day workshop was from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and cost $100.00.  The evening workshop was from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and cost $50.00.  A list of supplies, including paints and brushes, watercolor paper, and assorted items necessary for watercolor painting was the responsibility of each person enrolling. Dwane is an excellent watercolor workshop instructor.  Whether you are a beginner or have been painting for many years, Dwane's 40+ years as a career artist will enrich your art knowledge and inspire you to new heights.

About Dwane Taylor

Dwane Taylor, watercolorist of the Yukon, Oklahoma, Moon River Studio.  Having lived in Sedan, Kansas, in 1985 to ‘91, Taylor looks forward to returning to the area. “In fact, Alisha, my daughter, was named basketball Homecoming Queen at Independence Community College in 1988,” Dwane shared.

I've been working hard getting ready for the show,” Taylor added, referring to his studio partner, Sonja Patterson. His exhibit will include over 80 works, sporting a nice variety of subjects from Midwest and rural scenes to florals, wildlife, homes, and native American landscapes and encampments of the southwest, which includes the states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, and the plains Indians of central United States.

Taylor is well-known for the vivid colors he uses in his landscapes. Having given a number of workshops in Independence while living in Sedan, Taylor’s inspirational talents still echo in the works of local artists. Actually, it is largely due to a discussion regarding Taylor’s good workshops taken by many of the museum’s Art Center artists that Taylor was sought out, found online, and invited to apply to do the scheduled exhibit.

I have many who have collected my works from the Sedan area,” Taylor affirmed, “and I have fond memories of the Independence area.” Having recently exhibited in Colorado, Taylor has created many more watercolor originals in preparation for the March 9 through April 4 exhibit. Like Monte Toon’s “Toon in June” exhibit and workshops that launched a flurry of art interest in the community, Taylor will also be offering workshops, something he says he does a lot of now.