These are paintings which visually demonstrate the comparative nothingness of earth against the unthinkable power of nature. Like Turner before him, Taylor sees the mystic qualities of storm clouds and the spiritual value of the ocean swell. He seeks to paint the feeling they create, rather than fastidiously copy the details. His work is at once accessible and brooding, highly stimulating and yet blissfully calm. The play of the light on the cloud break or the misty haze over a forest clearing provides inspiration for his works. Taylor brilliantly captures the strangely unnerving but ultimately disarming nature of the world outside our windows. His paintings are view of the world at its most anxious, raw or unsettling. They show the beauty of hostile weather or the empty calm of a scene once the storm has passed, treating both with the sense of drama they deserve.
The art of a David Taylor has a certain depth that seems to invite the viewer to climb inside the picture. His horizon seems distant enough to be mysterious while simultaneously close enough to touch. The mystifying atmosphere seems to drip from the canvass as the autumnal palette creates a restless, revolutionary mood. Seemingly empty views across the distance suddenly swirl with a flicker of light or a twist of dust in the wind. The paintings, although sparse, are never empty and it is this effect which creates the intrigue. The smallest detail is embedded with the highest importance and the combinations create a mood that is both powerful and charged.
Through his successful career as an architect Taylor built his skill for a representing form and developed a deep visual memory of the places he views. Through this work he was able to travel the world, adding more and more inspiration on each trip. It was these travels which imbedded the passion for the extremes of weather conditions, which he represents so wonderfully in his art. His scenes crack and expand with the changing wind or sit with the calmness his ancient subjects demand. The paintings contain a feeling for the vastness of time and the immovability of the inspirational landscapes.