Karin Taylor is a Dutch born artist who grew up in Haarlem, the Netherlands. After meeting and marrying her British husband she spend the next 15 years working and living in places like England, Egypt, Holland and Indonesia.
Karin began painting wildlife watercolors in Holland and painted for the Jakarta Zoo in Indonesia in the early nineties. In June 1997 Karin and her family emigrated to Canada and settled in Springbank/Calgary where Karin has her studio. She and her family became Canadian Citizens in 2006.
In Canada she started painting mostly wildlife in acrylics on locally found river rocks.
In 2002 Karin came across an -even more unusual- medium for her wildlife art: painting wildlife and other animals onto wild turkey feathers.
"The many patterns and colors of the wild turkeys' tail and wing feathers make a beautiful and quite challenging canvas", says Karin, "painting wildlife (in acrylics) on these feathers is by far the most difficult art form I have ever tried - there is no room for mistakes because the delicate feather structure does not allow any drawing or repairs." It is a very rare and rewarding art form.
Recently Karin has also started painting wildlife on very large canvases; again: an extreme and refreshing addition to her delicate feather art!
In 2005 she was one of the participants of the Wildlife Mosaic Mural in aid of Canada Parks and Wilderness Society. Early 2008 Home and Garden TV is planning to air a TV special about her feather art which will air all over North America. Last December she did a TV interview for the Canadian Chinese TV, which aired in January 2008.