In earlier days Max Taylor was thrown out of pubs for drawing the customers, and nearly lost his job for the same offence. This addiction underlies the painting. So does the belief that all the various forms of creative art - music, poetry and theatre as well as painting - depend on the same set of qualities.
The qualities he aims at are first, formal organisation of the picture: secondly conveying emotion - like fear or tranquility, love or hate.
It's hardly possible to do this without reference to the world around us - not copying photographically, but being prepared to exaggerate and distort to increase the effect. This approach gives a wide field for experiment, and allows almost any subject to be tackled.
Max Taylor lives in the Quantocks near Broomfield.