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Howard B. Taylor’s Living Rock Pictures

Howard B. Taylor’s enduring artistic legacy

photography by Eugene Pavlov

Howard B. Taylor moved to Brownsville with his family in 1952. Felled by illness, Taylor took up painting and eventually began creating paintings out of rock, then illuminating them from behind—Living Rock Pictures. Taylor and his family and friends built Living Rock Studios over a ten-year period. They rocks Taylor had collected over his lifetime along with plenty of other building materials. The building was finished in 1985.

Today, Taylor’s legacy lives on in Living Rock Studios, an eclectic art history museum that blends his work with other family heirlooms, oddities and artifacts. The 800-ton rock building has seventy-five of Taylor’s original wood carvings, as well as 125 bird paintings and seven of his signature Living Rock pictures.

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