A Shy Face; 24x12; Oil on Linen
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"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”
― Dave Barry
What must you do to be called a "professional artist"? Must you win countless honorable awards? Must you have a degree in art from a reputable college or university? Maybe it is all of the above. This is a topic that has tortured my mind for a while now. Why? Because many feel there are specific qualifications needed to be a professional artist. One of which is doing art as a full time career, as in that is your main source of income.
Well my friends, by that standard I am mo professional artist. I have a full time job at a local frame shop. I am around all day, doing design work on the computer for laser matting presentations, assembling things I have designed and oh so much more. On my off time (when I get off and weekends) that is my art time. And yes, I take full advantage of it. I put my heart and soul into it. Art is apart of my being, it is what I am made of.
Did I go to college for art? No. Have I won any wards for my work? No. Do I have work in a gallery? No
But does that mean I am not a professional artist? To me, absolutely not. To me, you can not judge how an artist is deemed professional. My only major standard is this, you do it as a passion, not a hobby. Your life is nearly consumed by it, in a healthy way of course. You are excited by your work, your time with it is precious and it is your passion. By those standards, yes I am a professional artist.
In 1996 Taylor moved to Nevada from Michigan with her mother. Not knowing where the road would lead them, they came to Sin City with $200 in their pocket. After being enrolled into an art class after school at the age of eight Taylor grew more fond of the process of creation. Facing many difficulties as a child art helped her move forward with her life through creation.
Throughout high school she was involved in the art field. Having her work shown in school art shows gave her the drive to go full force with a career in art. Mostly self-taught, Taylor's heart lead her towards her other passion, wildlife and the environment. Creating images of earth and her creatures gives her the freedom to spread the word of conservation through bright vibrant colors on paper or canvas.
As of April 2013 she has had the honor of working with Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Imlay, NV. Wildlife protection is extremely important in her work and being able to be involved with an organization that saves neglected and abused animals is a true honor. There are currently piece displayed on site at Safe Haven. Pieces have sold to supporters of their cause since April of 2013.
"Why do you paint wildlife and landscapes, is something I am often asked. My response, It's my passion and goal to have people see the importance of these creatures. We forget that we share the world with them. We are caught up in our chaotic lives, worrying about our own days and lives. What if these creatures were gone? The world would not be the same. It would be boring and the ecosystem would suffer greatly. They possess beauty that we can not fathom, the places they call home are places we dream of. We are the cause of nature's destruction, we are the only ones that can change that. My way is by making people see the importance through these places and creatures through my eyes. Arming yourself with knowledge is the best way to get your voice heard, and seeing the topic you are passionate about makes you even more powerful. That is why I create these wonderful places and creatures."