Artist Profile

Kelly Taylor

Medium: Mixed Media

Description:  Creating the unexpected through mixed media abstract art

ARTIST STATEMENT Authentic, raw, energetic, and spiritual are words that viewers have used to describe my work. Although I start my work consciously, with composition, color, and visual elements in mind, as the art evolves, I shift into working intuitively, and am often surprised and excited with the outcome. The element of the unexpected in my art is what viewers have been attracted to, and is definitely an inspiration for me in creating art. Acrylic paints, gels and mediums, photographs, markers, colored pencils, and collage are used to interpret my artistic vision. Some of my most recent work combines photographs with acrylic molding pastes and paints to create abstract landscapes. I am interested in the manipulation of photographic images through a variety of photo transfer processes, and use them as a layer in my work. In 2015, I began a new series that explores unearthing the first layers of paint that are hidden underneath a layer of acrylic molding paste. The colorful foundations created with an expressive application of fluid acrylic paints is in contrast to the stark surface layers of molding paste painted in shades of black and white. Whether I use photographic images, a variety of papers, or acrylic paints, gels, and mediums, my work unfolds in a process that always involves layers. I believe that through the creative processes of making art, we can find an outlet for expression that is healing and energizing. My goal is not to necessarily give the viewer a pretty picture, but to create art in which the viewer will want to take time to travel through the work, feel intrigued, and find satisfaction in the journey. Kelly Taylor - Bio Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Kelly Taylor currently lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband Norm, and Little Dog, Macy. Her artistic journey started at a very early age when she began experimenting with markers, scissors, paints, paper, glue, and whatever else she could get her hands on. A love of color, texture, and the visual richness of life have all contributed to Kelly’s drive to make art using a variety of techniques. Acrylic paints, gels and mediums, collage, photographs, and photo transfers are some of the materials she now uses to create her abstract mixed media artwork in her home studio. Kelly participates in an ongoing Artist Independent Study Critique Group held in West Hartford, Connecticut and an annual Artist Retreat held in North Adams, Massachusetts. She has taught art-making workshops in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has facilitated Spirituality and Art workshops for Pastoral Care Residents and co-facilitated a mask-making workshop for victims of domestic violence, both held at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut. Kelly exhibits her work at juried and member shows and with Syntax, a group of six mixed media artists. Her work resides in private collections throughout the United States, as well as several public spaces: Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, The Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, Connecticut and the Green Lotus Salon in Cromwell, Connecticut. In addition to her studio work, Kelly volunteers at Arts Center East in Vernon, Connecticut. She participates in an Artist Lunch and Look program in which area artists visit galleries and museums to share in viewing and discussions on art. Kelly has had a longstanding interest in promoting the well-being of animals, and promotes the idea of adoption over shopping for pets through her line of “Little Dog Art” cards. Her other interests include keeping a secret garden, taking photographs on her daily walks with Macy, watching movies with husband Norm, and taking drives with Norm and Macy to find the best places to stop for ice cream. Memberships • Syntax Mixed Media Artists • Arts Center East • New Britain Museum of American Art • The Golden Thread Gallery • Yale University Art Gallery Awards 2015 Patricia Rosoff Foundation Abstract Art Award – 3rd place

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