Daniel Taylor

High Realist Artist, Canada

Daniel Taylor is one of the very few artists in the world who masters High Realist painting in acrylic. He is internationally renowned for his expressive portraits and wildlife art. His paintings are built up in a series of subtle layers, making them breathtakingly realistic and giving the impression of the paintings coming alive. As one of the founders of ArtSavingWildlife (2004), Daniel Taylor is working closely together with the African Conservation Foundation. He provides ongoing support through local, national and international art and fundraising events.

Living with his family in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, Daniel has been perfecting his technique for over twenty years. This wilderness setting with its abundant wildlife has been a source of great inspiration.


His works express not only what he sees, but how well he observes. Meant to push both the artist and then the viewer towards a perception of life at a deeper level, Daniel's paintings translate the profound honour and respect he feels when painting his subjects.

For the past 10 years, Daniel Taylor has exhibited all over the world, from museums and galleries in Canada, Japan, United States, England and Australia, to great ape awareness raising displays in the Lebialem Highlands of South West Cameroon. A permanent exhibition of his art is on display in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC.

Daniel's paintings can be found in both private and public collections internationally. Private collections include:

  • Former President Bush Sr.,
  • Susan Kennedy,
  • Former Premier Michael Harcourt,
  • Former Premier Bill Vanderzalm,
  • Lori Fung (Olympic gold medallist),
  • Cheryl Landon (actor and daughter of Michael Landon),
  • Peter Breck (actor),
  • Dave Thorn (owner ‘Fitness World’) and
  • Danny Virtue (movie set owner, actor).

In the past years, Daniel's work has been featured in several wildlife and art magazines. He has been selected for one of the Artists for Conservation’s Flagship Expeditions and his painting Mountain Gorilla has won an Honorable Mention in the wildlife category of one of the leading US magazines, The Artist's Magazine, in 2008. He was also a featured artist in Wildlife Art Magazine, the International Artist Magazine and Western & Wildlife Art Magazine (2009).

More recently Daniel's art was featured in Leisure Painter (Jan.2012 issue), Art Of England (Jan.2011 issue), Artists and Illustrators (Jan.2011 issue), as well as in The Artist and Arabella magazines (2012).


Although best known as a wildlife artist, Daniel Taylor also has extensive experience as an art instructor. He works with local and international celebrities who experience the thrill of painting for a day while helping the causes that are dearest to them.

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The African Conservation Foundation seeks to help safeguard Africa's endangered wildlife. The knowledge they have acquired through all their hard work, I couldn't even attempt to attain in my lifetime. I am a High Realist Artist - I have spent many years developing my technique, and feel I can reveal on canvas the warmth, the beauty of nature, but also the severity of the given crisis, that mere words cannot express.

Together we can make a difference. It is the synergy and combined commitment of people with different skills that can help save these wonderful animals for future generations. I feel honoured to be able to paint such magnificent and vulnerable animals as it tears my heart out when I realise how endangered these fellow beings are. Through thoughtless actions we are bringing them to inevitable extinction, which will be our loss ... forever!

Daniel Taylor, High Realist Artist, Canada

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