Lease a piece of art

Over a lifetime, artists might craft hundreds, if not thousands, of works but the blood and sweat they put onto the canvas never are seen.

Pat Taynton, a Diamond Point resident and watercolorist for 60 years, thinks that concealing art is a shame, so she's come up with a plan: She leases out her art.

"I just started to realize that I have friends passing on and I have all these paintings sitting in boxes with no one enjoying them," Taynton said.

Taynton has phrased her promotion "Lease a Piece." She has about 40 watercolors available through her Web site or at Gallery on the Walls at

Sequim Vision Clinic, 128 E. Washington St., Sequim, during the First Friday Art Walk.

Her work focuses on photorealistic watercolors of horses and wildlife but she also creates in pencil, acrylics and abstract photography.

From 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the clinic, Taynton will display photographs of all her art available for lease.

She recognizes the difficulty in today's economy for people to buy nonessential items such as art. Her hope is that leasing art will allow people to have something fresh in their homes or businesses.

The leased art will be available at 10 percent of its selling price per month. Taynton is open to customers leasing to own as well.

"Some businesses might like to change things every month. It keeps things fresh in the office," she said.

Taynton's art is influenced by her love for animals. She taught therapeutic horseback riding for 25 years and will fly back to her native East Coast to teach part of a course.

Taynton moved from Pennsylvania where she lived in Evansburg State Park, northwest of Philadelphia, for 19 years. She has lived in Sequim for almost nine years.

She dreamed of coming to the Olympic Peninsula since the age of 4 because she was given pictures and a calendar of the area that she has kept ever since.

"When I came here, I saw the mountains and was in awe. I have no doubt I live in the most beautiful place in the world," Taynton said.

She lives in a secluded part of Diamond Point and enjoys the peace when she goes hiking twice a day regardless of the weather.

"When I moved here, I felt like I was coming home," she said.

Taynton was honored when her watercolor "Lavender Quail" was chosen as the official artwork for the 2009 Sequim Lavender Festival, which runs July 17-July 19. Her art will be featured on posters, T-shirts and all other advertising materials.

Taynton shares the vision clinic gallery with 2008 Lavender Festival poster artist Sally Cays.

Matthew Nash can be reached at mnash@sequim

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