Folk artist Trés Taylor’s favorite medium is tarpaper, which enables him to draw freely, carving in a strong black line. Frequently he uses layers of mud, sometimes Alabama red clay, that give his paintings a rich and yet raw texture. Trés paints about spiritual seeking. He paints about love, Divine Love, peace, and joy. His work reveals his deep connection to the beauty of the universe. His subjects are usually monks, couples, and houses, and range from the simple image of a monk solemnly holding flowers to extended murals depicting journeys taken through relationships, life, and the world around us.

As monks have always been a part of Taylor’s unconventional repertoire, symbolizing the simplistic lifestyle to which he aspires, his mixed media painting “Citrus Monk” was expressly commissioned as the image for the La Quinta Arts Festival 2016 commemorative poster. The whimsical work features a slightly oblivious monk nonchalantly riding his bicycle, while his cache of grapefruit spills out of the basket behind him.

In October 2014, Trés Taylor created a work to celebrate the visit of the Dalai Lama in his home town of Birmingham, Alabama. For this historic occasion, Taylor created an impressive 15-foot tall sculpture aptly named “The Jolly Lama,” which served as a greeter for His Holiness. Following the event, Jolly Lama was exhibited as part of Taylor’s larger installation, “enCHANTment” at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, and later that year at The Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama.

Visit Trés Taylor in Booth #105 at La Quinta Arts Festival and be inspired by his colorful expressionistic work that is sure to make you smile.


LA QUINTA ARTS FESTIVAL 2016 PREVIEW:  The world-class, multi award-winning event is gearing up for its 34th annual four day celebration of the arts. Returning to the gorgeous grounds of La Quinta Civic Center Campus starting Thursday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 6th, art patrons will delight in viewing the spectacular artwork of 220 premier contemporary artists in every fine art and craft category arriving from 35 states, Canada and Argentina.

To complement the awesome array of artwork on display, a variety of performance and musical entertainers are scheduled to appear at the Festival. This year’s daily line-up includes several returning favorites and new attractions including headliner Lana Chromium, a fine art body painter from San Diego — winner of GSNTV’s Season 2 “Skin Wars” — demonstrating her mesmerizing talents on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Lana will be accompanied by art model and dance artist Khalia Frazier, who will interpret Chromium’s painting through original dance and movement. A full entertainment schedule is posted on

Festival goers will dine on delicious cuisine offerings from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fisherman’s Market & Grill, Shanghai Reds and Westcoast Hofbrau brats and more. A wide selection of high-end craft beers and wine will be served at all bar locations on site. Look for popular vendors E & E Pel’s Italian Ices, Pasquini Espresso and Brandini Toffee’s hand-dipped ice cream.

La Quinta Arts Festival, the #1 ranked Fine Art Festival in the Nation for 2013, 2014 and 2015, is presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation, in partnership with Premier Sponsor the City of La Quinta. Event hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at Ticket prices are:  Adults $17 or $22 for a Multi-Day Pass. Children under 12 are Free. Patrons may take advantage of valet parking $12, self-parking $8, or free parking in designated areas throughout the Village of La Quinta.