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Please check out my interview with 1st Angel here: http://1stangel.co.uk/blog/2013/lil-taylor-talks-the-talk-with-1stangel/
*I'm happy to include a link to Rebecca Tripp's beautiful 'Waltz of the Tulips' where many gorgeous tulip paintings are showcased against her waltz compositions. She will have more to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMRhzPp8ahA ... I'm sure you will enjoy this!
Welcome to my website! Get ready for some bold, bright colors, vivid contrasts and enjoy the beauty of nature and all of our precious gifts we are able to live in awe of everyday. What a beautiful and stunning world in which we live that would allow someone like me to allow her imagination to run wild and make an attempt to paint more than I see!
As a self-taught watercolor artist, I began about three years ago. Oddly enough, this coincided pretty much with when I got my little Charlie, the Boykin Spaniel who endures being photographed with me for my profile picture and suffers through my endless painting of his beautiful face. I do have another dog but he's my husband's. Jack is also a Boykin Spaniel and you'll never see him in my profile picture because he is commonly known as a 'wiggle worm' and if I try to hold him close, he's like a little boy, scrambling, flinging around and escaping. Luckily, Charlie sits with me, though normally he won't look at the camera and as the digital takes, 90% of the time, he turns away. At least this time I captured his face with his beautiful eyes - golden, amber, soul-rending eyes.
While I live in Florida, near Tampa, I also have a home in the North Carolina mountains and was born in NC. But, I've lived in Collierville, TN, Coral Springs, Florida and now Tampa. My watercolor subjects are drawn from both the coast to the mountains but there's one thing which is pretty constant. My work is expressionist, sometimes realistic with expressionistic backgrounds. Florals are my fun paintings and the closer in I can get, the better. I like to paint them in close detail in the style of Georgia O'Keefe but mine are probably more bright because I have a love of contrast. I also love tropical scenery, the odd mountain landscape or structure, lots of birds, horses and reflections are very important to me.
I remember when I was a kid one time, growing up in the South, boys hunt. I lived on a deadend road and there weren't many houses there, to where much of the land was owned by one family - sort of a plantation feel in that the family lived in three different large houses on huge plots of land. One day, I was out with my sister and some older boys up the street were shooting starlings. Starling flocks are huge and truly are a nuisance but I was outraged and stood up, making my little self known. I told them all they should be ashamed of themselves and then left. This is probably when I decided I was stubborn enough to deal with anyone. Anyway, later that day, I was wandering the woods, being the tomboy that I was and I found two of the starlings huddling together. I loved animals and as I crouched down to examine them, the sunlight started playing on their feathers. Instead of the ugly black birds that were shot as a nuisance, the colors shining in the sun were a rainbow of beauty, velvety blues, violets, brilliant as the sun itself....I believe this is when the nugget of my painting began. We're all starlings in our own way but each of us has a special talent that shines out like gold if we only allow it.
Please enjoy yourselves and contact me anytime! I will also paint commissioned works of your pet or whatever is special to you.