Michener Art Museum

Taylor Oughton

William Taylor Oughton, photo courtesy of artist
BORN: March 29, 1925, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Sameness is identity, and seldom is anything ever the same as anything else. There can only be a relationship when there is difference, and welcoming difference is what life and painting deal with. In this sense I see a painting - like a marriage or a friendship - as a particular relationship that points to the necessity of variation and difference among all creatures and forms in our world.-William T. Oughton

Taylor Oughton is a an award winning painter and illustrator. He became an illustrator by trade, and built his reputation on his commissions. Oughton's subject matter varies, but nature and wildlife are his primary interests. For more than 40 years, he has illustrated magazines and books. His work has been featured in publications including: Reader's Digest, Field and Stream, Holiday, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post. Oughton has also designed at the Franklin Mint and for the Lenox Collectibles. His nature illustrations can be found in the Boy Scout handbook.
Oughton began to do portraits of officers while serving in the Orient during World War II. After World War II, while still in the Marines, Oughton realized he could make art a career. He has won prestigious awards from the Philadelphia and New Jersey Art Directors Clubs, the Delaware Valley Artists Guild and the New York Society of Illustrators, among others.