Ric Taylor

The Art and Beauty Within Wood

Bio

 

 

 

Ric is a retired Air Force pilot, a former airline pilot and a retired Airline Operations Inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration.  He has a background and a degree in art, and has been winning local and national awards in various art media throughout the years since high school.
 
Ric currently focuses on wood as his media of choice and he has been woodturning since 1999.  He is a member of several local and national artistic woodworking organizations as well as art leagues and societies, including being a signature member of the National Society of Artists.  He enjoys opening up a piece of wood and revealing a surface that has never been seen by anyone, sometimes plain and sometimes beautiful. Always trying to see the potential in each piece of wood, some of his most interesting pieces have been made from wood that has been discarded by other turners as unusable.  Many of his pieces are in private collections throughout the country.

 


Some of his most recent events and awards include:
 
2014

 
30th Annual National Society of Artists Juried Exhibition – Honorable Mention
 
Fall Juried Gallery Exhibit of the Galveston Art League – Second Place and Third Place
 
“Mostly Round” Juried Gallery Exhibit by The Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Texas Gallery – Second Place and Third Place
 
2015

 

Juried in to the 14th annual “Art Inter/National Here and Abroad” exhibit, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh
 
Winter Juried Gallery Exhibit of the Galveston Art League – Honorable Mention
 
National Society of Artists Members Exhibit – First Place, Second Place and Third Place
 
Juried in to the National Society of Artists National Exhibition
 
Juried in to the 34th annual “Design in Wood Exhibition”, Del Mar, California, Second Place and Third Place

 
Juried in to the 13th Annual Small Wonders Exhibit, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis
 
Juried in to the Arts & Crafts Design Awards 2015 (Germany)
 
2016

 
NICHE Award winner
 
Juried in to the 15th annual ”Art Inter/National Here and Abroad” exhibit, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh
 
Winter Juried Gallery Exhibit of the Galveston Art League

 
Juried in to the 35th annual “Design in Wood Exhibition”, Del Mar, California, Honorable Mention
 
Juried in to the ""Turning Point: Wood Turning's Evolution from Ancient Craft to Fine Art" at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
Juried in to the VSA Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibition, Austin
 
Juried in to the National Society of Artists National Exhibition, Second Place
 
Juried in to the 14th Annual Small Wonders Exhibit, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis


2017
 
Juried in to the 36th annual “Design in Wood Exhibition”, Del Mar, California, Award Winner
 
Invited in to the “Small Treasures 2017” Exhibition with the Wood Symphony Gallery, Los Angeles
 
Juried in to the “Vessels” Exhibition of the Susquehanna Art Museum
 
Juried in to the “Blue” Exhibition of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in California
 
Invited in to “Turned and Sculpted Wood 2017” Exhibition with the Wood Symphony Gallery, Los Angeles

 
 
 
 
Several Best of Show awards at smaller events


 
 

Special friends who have helped and inspired during the journey:  Jerry Bennett, Andy Chen, Jimmy Clewes,, Clyde Collier, Greg Gonsalves, Dave Mueller, Ed Peine, Kendall Westbrook