Parkites mourn the loss of artist |

Parkites mourn the loss of artist

Gallery owner and painter Judy Taylor will be missed throughout the state. Photo by Nan Chalat-Noaker/Park Record

For more than two decades, Judy Taylor created idylic watercolor prints that thousands of wistful residents and visitors packed away in their suitcases to remind them of a perfect day in Park City.

Taylor died Monday after suffering a stroke last week. Her husband, former Park City Mayor Hal Taylor and their son Cody were still stunned by the the sudden loss on Tuesday and a private family gathering was being planned.

In the meantime, fellow artists throughout the state and Taylor’s many admirers said her talent and generousity would be greatly missed. In addition to serving on the city’s Public Art Advisory Board, Taylor contributed original artwork to countless fundraisers and could often be seen painting landmarks around the county.

On a Web site for Utah artists, Taylor wrote: "With world conflicts, stress, and illness touching all our lives, I hope my paintings can bring color and positive feelings to the viewer." In that effort she was enormously successful and her artworks will undoubtably continue to bring joy to Parkites for years to come.

Taylor earned a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois and went on to become a successful illustrator in San Francisco. There she met Hal and the pair moved to Park City.

The enthusiastic, fun-loving couple immediately immersed themselves in what was then a small, up-and-coming resort town. Hal applied his real estate acumen to their new town and shared much of his financial success with the local schools. He eventually used his popularity to galvanize the community as its mayor while it made the transition into an upscale resort town. In the meantime, Judy was by his side building bridges between the old and new residents with her charm and her genuine love of both the historic and the new sights around town. She opened a successful gallery in the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street where she would visit with customers as she worked on new compositions.

Update: As of Wednesday the Taylor family was planning to hold a private service and requested that the details not be publicized.

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