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New mural decorates sheriff's office

The Baker County Sheriff's Office logo isn't merely a painting. Tiles are fired in a kiln at least twice during the process to enable paint to adhere. (Baker City Herald/S. John Collins).
The Baker County Sheriff's Office logo isn't merely a painting. Tiles are fired in a kiln at least twice during the process to enable paint to adhere. (Baker City Herald/S. John Collins).

By LISA BRITTON

Of the Baker City Herald

Steven Taylor wanted to do something for the community and Baker County Sheriff's Department to show his support, so he did what he does best.

He took the sheriff's logo, which pictures an emergency vehicle, local mountains and an elk, made a couple drawings, then created a tile mural and placed it above the front door.

"The sheriff's department is just a great group of guys and gals. It's a gift to the community. I've met some really nice people," he said.

Taylor moved to Baker City from Los Angeles two and a half years ago, where he worked as a tile contractor. He now owns and operates his business, Visions 'n Tile, out of his home.

He won several awards for his creations in California, and continued winning awards after he moved here.

"Last year I entered the county fair and took seven blue ribbons, best of show and champion in the art division and the craft division," he said.

This year, he again entered and won four blue ribbons and champion of the arts division.

He creates his murals with mineral paints applied to tiles "that are fired a few times at 2,000 degrees," he said. Then he applies a glaze and fires the tile again.

"They won't fade in the sun, and now that it's glazed, it's impervious to weather," he said.

He said it usually takes two weeks to finish a project when working on it exclusively.

For the sheriff's department project, he said he had a lot of local help. He used Sandi and Borden Granger's studio for drawing and painting, Don and Ann Colton helped with firing the tiles, and Dan Garrick donated the thin set and grout for the final stages.

He said he can create anything for customers using drawings, paint and tile.

"I can either make up a design, work with a client, or replicate photographs of a scene or animals," he said. "It makes something very unique for the home or as a gift."

His art career started out with drawing and some design, then he began working with tile by doing custom tile-setting. One day, a friend introduced him to the art of tile painting.

During the creation process, he completes a minimum of three drawings and two paintings, then, as a finishing touch, puts the glaze on the tile.

He said tile murals are great for address plaques, business logos, or anything else a client may want.

"They're unique, I never do the same thing twice," he said. "If someone comes up with an idea, I can do it. I'm good at my craft."

For more information, call Taylor at 524-0556, or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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