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Artist Interview: Taylor Cox

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I am so thrilled to be chatting up Taylor Cox for an Artist Interview today. Her artwork is utterly original and so full of fun. Her tiny sunbathers on bold brushstrokes are my absolute favorite! Let's learn more about this creative lady...

 Image courtesy of Taylor Cox

Image courtesy of Taylor Cox

It is really all about creativity for me. I get excited when I am creating something that I have never seen before.
— Taylor Cox

I got a chance to pick her brain a little bit and it was so great! I love hearing about the experiences of other artists and creatives! It really sheds a light on who they are and what drives their creativity. 

Q: "Tell us a little about yourself..." -Laura

A: "When I am not painting I am exploring. I love adventure and being outdoors" -Taylor 

 Artwork of Taylor Cox

Artwork of Taylor Cox

Q: " What was the road leading up to your art career? What made you choose to be a fine artist?" -Laura

A: "I was always creative growing up. In high school, I took an art class almost every semester. Art was just it for me but I didn't know exactly what that meant as far as a career. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with my BFA and concentration in painting and drawing. When I graduated I was already working part-time at a wholesale art company. I eventually worked full-time for a couple of years after graduating with the intention of doing everything in my power to go out on my own. I quit my full-time job 2 years ago this coming fall. I don't think I made a conscious choice to be a fine artist it just naturally evolved into that."

-Tayor 

 Artwork of Taylor Cox

Artwork of Taylor Cox

Q: "What is your biggest inspiration in your artwork? What gets you excited to create each day?" -Laura

A: "For the most part, I am just experimenting and playing around with different compositions or brush marks. I daydream a lot about different ideas. I look at older paintings that I have done and imagine what I could add on top of them. When I paint an abstract, and imagine sunbathers basking in the sun on top of a brush mark, It is really all about creativity for me. I get excited the most when I am creating something that I have never seen before. I have never seen a giant thick brushstroke on a painting with a person swimming in it before. That is exciting! I hope that people see that excitement in my work." -Taylor

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Q: "What road blocks have you encountered on your creative journey, and how have you overcome them?" -Laura

A: "I work as a full-time artist so discipline will always be the biggest roadblock. I am able to set my own hours and it is difficult to manage and balance work and life. I find myself answering emails and working on ideas 24/7.  I plan on overcoming that by organization and list making and setting hours for my business. I am used to working all the time and this year has been a test for me. I have been sick a couple of times and had to stop for a couple of weeks to take care of my dog who ultimately passed away. In the end, it is important to take time off." -Taylor 

 Artwork of Taylor Cox

Artwork of Taylor Cox

Q: "What part of your creative process brings you the most joy?" -Laura

A: "Experimentation." -Taylor 

 Artwork of Taylor Cox

Artwork of Taylor Cox

Q: "Do you have any advice for other artists & makers?" -Laura

A: "I had a painting teacher in art school say, "you really have to be in absolute love with painting to do this for a career." I believe that is so true. If you plan to take your creative joy full-time you have to be absolutely in love with what you do. It is very difficult to start a business, especially when your products are handmade. I do not have any employees. I take care of my own website, shipping, social media/marketing, photography, accounting and everything else that goes into a business. It is not easy but it's my love for painting that drives me. I do not wish to do anything else." -Taylor

 Artwork of Taylor Cox

Artwork of Taylor Cox

I'd like to say a big thank you to Taylor for opening up to all us creatives! It is so nice to hear more about you and your life experiences. Be sure to go follow her on Instagram @TayorCoxArt And thank you to each reader for contributing to this community of makers and creative souls! I'm so glad you're here! If you know of any other artists/makers that you would like to learn more about, send me their info! 

Also, if you are on Instagram and would like to share your creative process with me use the tag #createjoyproject anytime! Thanks! Have a fantastic day.

xo -Laura Muir

Artist Interview: Havoc Hendricks

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I'm thrilled to have a little Q&A today with the amazing artist and creative soul, HAVOC HENDRICKS. He creates such striking minimalistic artwork with a highly detailed edge. I love what he is making right now, and know you will find great insight and inspiration through his art and words today! Make sure to go follow him on Intagram @havochendricks to see more awesomeness!

There’s something empowering about being able to bring into this world that which did not exist before.
— Havoc Hendricks
 Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Q: "Tell us a little about yourself." -Laura

A: "I live in Provo close to a large art studio that I share with my photographic artist wife @Hav_House. I always knew I was a "creative" person but I never considered that I could actually make a living from being creative. For that reason I spent all of my education studying boring subjects & steeling my mind to have a boring life. When I was in the middle of Grad School I started painting a lot as a stress relief. Eventually people started to notice & buy my work & I realized for the first time that there was a business trajectory that I could pursue that I didn't hate!" -Havoc

 Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Q: "What causes you to choose an artistic career?" -Laura

A: "For me it really is by default; I've had countless non-artistic jobs in my life & none of them even came close to offering the happiness & freedom I feel as a professional artist. Being self-taught, though, I had to work other jobs until my craft was proficient enough to "officially" step over into a full-time art position." -Havoc

 Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Q: "What brings you the most Joy in your creative process?" -Laura

A: "There's something empowering about being able to bring into this world that which did not exist before. The more beautiful the created item is the more I feel like I'm making a small impact on others that goes beyond my mere existence." -Havoc

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Q: "What lessons have you learned through sharing your art with the world?" -Laura

A: "So many! I think one of my first lessons was to learn what I liked to paint that other people also wanted to buy. There were a lot of trial & error paintings that nobody wanted &/or being commissioned to make stuff I didn't want to make." -Havoc

 Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Q: "What do you do to create the best creative environment to do you work in? What are your favorite art supplies?" -Laura

A: "I use to paint on my tiny living room floor if it was below freezing outside. Otherwise I painted on a tiny deck railing for years. With a scrappy environment like that anything is an improvement. I try to have my work space totally organized so that I have piece of mind during a painting that I can hurry & grab an unforeseen tool if needs be. Two of my favorite supplies are trammels & grid paper. Trammels give me large, perfect circles & grid paper helps me try a bunch of different layouts before I commit to canvas." -Havoc

 Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Artwork by Havoc Hendricks

Q: "Do you have any advice for the other artists/makers out there?" -Laura

A: "You can be a world expert at your craft if you do it thousands of times. I also have to remind myself that most of the well-recognized artists today were doing their craft for decades first. Focusing on the long game gives me energy to do my best regardless of how much or little people respond to my work." -Havoc

Big thanks to Havoc for sharing his experience and wisdom with our creative community! It makes me so excited to see people following their passion for art and bringing it to each of us! Make sure you are following along with the Create Joy Project on instagram for more awesome creative exploration and to meet more makers in the Arts community! 

xo

Laura Muir // Artist & Founder