State Artists Get Back to Nature

By Esther Hammer
Excerpt from The Tampa Tribune
February 21, 2002

"Sunlight on the Hillsborough" is a watercolor by Taylor Ikin that was shown at the Nuance Galleries as part of the "4 of Florida" show.

   You may start to feel like you're part of a lush landscape as you walk around Nuance Galleries.
   The South Tampa gallery hosted an exhibition with a strong focus on the interior lands and waterways of Florida and the animals of Africa.
   Called ""4 of Florida,"  the show featured the paintings of four Florida artists: oils by Keith Martin Johns and Carlo DiNapoli, and watercolors by Ron Pavru and Taylor Ikin.
   Tampa's Ikin is also hailed as a hometown artist in Antigua, where she once lived for 17 years.  Her landscapes and water scenes reflect the tropical feeling of the two places she calls home.
   Ikin recently became known for her use of YUPO paper, a new watercolor paper that permits the paints to slip and slide into one another.
   In the hands of a painter like Ikin, this allows for controlled mergers that lend the final painting a fluid and transparent look.
   Ikin has been showcased in several magazines.  Her work hangs in a number of private and corporate collections and in the Vatican in Rome.

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